Southwestern Beer Marinade

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(Recipe from Kent Rathburn, owner, executive chef Abacus, Dallas). This marinade is delicious with pork, chicken, beef, or game.


  • 8 ounces Mexican beer

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 8 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 4 shallots, chopped

  • 1 cup onion, chopped

  • 2 jalapeño chiles, seeds and stems removed

  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tablespoons black pepper

  • Juice of 6 limes


In blender or large food processor, place all the ingredients. Blend until smooth.

Brisket Basting Sauce

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This recipe is from Red Caldwell, who revealed the secrets of Texas barbecue to us when we were editors of Chile Pepper magazine. After a beef brisket has been smoked, it is basted in this sauce for a couple of hours before it is sliced and served. Some cooks slather the sauce on during the smoking. It can also be used with smoked lamb or pork.


  • 2 tablespoons commercial chili powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne chile (or more to taste)

  • 1 pound butter or margarine

  • 2 onions, chopped fine

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 1/2 cups beer, such as Shiner Bock

  • 4 lemons, quartered

  • 1 bunch parsley tops, minced

  • 2 cups vegetable oil

  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 bay leaves


In a pot, melt the butter, add the onions and garlic, and saute for 4 to 5 minutes to soften. Add the beer, squeeze in the lemon juice, and add the lemon rinds to the pot. When the foam subsides, add all of the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a medium low and simmer for 20 minutes.


Habanero Hot Sauce

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To preserve the distinctive flavor of the habanero peppers, we don’t cook them with the sauce but add them afterwards.


  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots

  • 1 cup water

  • 10 habanero chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced

  • 1/4 cup lime juice


In a pan, saute the onion in the oil until soft. Add the carrots and water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the carrots are soft.

Add the chiles and lime juice to the carrot mixture. Place in a blender and puree until smooth.


Asher Sauce

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Island legend holds that the name of this sauce is a corruption of “Limes Ashore!”, the phrase called out by British sailors who found limes growing the islands. The limes, originally planted by the Spanish, would save them from scurvy. We presume that the bush peppers would save them from bland food. Add this sauce to seafood chowders.

Note: This recipes requires advance preparation.


  • 15 limes, Key limes preferred

  • 1 cup salt

  • 10 whole bird peppers such as piquins or chiltepins or 2 red habaneros, halved

  • 3 cups water

  • 1/2 cup vinegar

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 2 cardamom pods

  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves

  • 5 allspice berries

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced

  • 1 bunch green onions, white part only, chopped


Quarter the limes but do not cut all the way through. Open up each lime and rub them with salt. Place the limes on cutting boards, cover them with cheesecloth, and set them in the sun for about a week. Protect them from rain.

The limes will shrink and their skins will turn brown. Rinse the limes to remove as much salt as possible. Place the limes in a large pan, cover with water, and add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer uncovered for 1 hour. Cool and strain the sauce. It will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator.


Sawgrass Stew with Gatortail Sauce

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Buddy Taylor of Gator Hammock made this great stew at the 2001 National Fiery Foods Show. Using some of his products he made the Gatortail sauce that can be served with shrimp, fish, and of course Florida gator tail.


  • 7-8 quarts water

  • 6.5 oz. Gator Hammock Sawgrass Boil

  • 2 pounds smoked kielbasa or sausage (cut into 1 inch pieces)

  • 2 pounds red potatoes (cut into 1 inch cubes)

  • 2 pounds baby carrots

  • 4 ears fresh corn (each cut into 3 pieces)

  • 2 pounds unpeeled large fresh shrimp


Add water and sawgrass boil to a large stock pot (3-4 gallons) and bring to a rolling boil.
Add kielbasa, return to a boil, and cook 5-10 minutes.
Add potatoes and carrots, return to a boil, and cook 10 minutes.
Add corn, return to a boil, and cook 8-10 minutes.
Add shrimp, cook 3-4 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. (Do not boil)
Remove from heat and let rest about 10 minutes uncovered. Serve in large soup bowls.