28 September 2011

Tailgating Recipes: New Orleans Ugly Dog Saloon BBQ Chili Beans


From Denny:  Check out this recipe to make bean style chili for a huge crowd - just perfect for tailgating during football season - and affordable. 

If you want you can always add meat for a heartier version but this recipe is all about the spices and vegetarian since the majority of their menu is meat.
This recipe comes from the amusing folks in New Orleans at the Ugly Dog Saloon in the Warehouse District, a few blocks from the Convention Center (401 Andrew Higgins Blvd, New Orleans, Louisiana).  Be sure to pay them a visit when you visit the Crescent City!

This is a recipe meant for a crowd as it makes 5 gallons, using commercial-sized cans of beans and tomatoes and seasoning blends available to restaurants. 

Here in Louisiana and in Texas many local grocery stores stock the commercial sizes for tailgaters.  You can search online or just substitute your own favorite seasoning blends to adjust to your taste.  After all, that's what Louisiana cooking is all about, making a recipe your own.
These funny guys at the Ugly Dog Saloon serve up their chili beans in a mug with a side dish of their favorite motto:  "It's good to be ugly."

Check out the Ugly Dog Saloon's menu.  They do a lot of pulled pork, burgers and beef brisket.

* * * Online sources for Louisiana products, seasoning blends and chili powders:

Cajun Grocer (not bulk but can purchase wholesale)

Cajun Supermarket (ship worldwide, carry Chef Paul Prudhomme spices)

Cajun Shop  (lots of family sized seasoning mixes available, they do deep fried turkeys too)

The Chile Guy  ( buy in bulk from New Mexico - an awesome selection)

Cook Like A Cajun chef recipes from tourism site of Lafayette Travel

Ugly Dog Saloon BBQ Chili Beans

Makes: 5 gallons


1 cup "Sassy Jones" brand rib rub

1/2 cup "Sassy Jones" brand onion pepper

1/2 cup chili powder

1-1/2 cups ground cumin

1 cup "Southern Pride" brand rib seasoning

2 cups water

3 #10 cans red kidney beans

2 #10 cans diced tomatoes


Mix together and heat well to combine flavors. Before serving, top with sour cream, diced onions and cheddar cheese.

For serving: sour cream, diced onions, shredded cheddar cheese.

**** Now try another recipe from this delightful BBQ restaurant where you can relax and watch your favorite sports teams while you dine:

Ugly Dog Saloon's Coleslaw Dressing

Makes: for 2 - 3 servings

1/4 mayonnaise (the real stuff, not low-fat)

1 garlic pepper seasoning (Lawry's is one)

3/4 garlic powder

1 black pepper

2 soy sauce

1 tablespoon molasses

3 red cabbage very coarsely chopped (or both) or 3 cups green cabbage (or both)


In small bowl, blend all ingredients, except the cabbage; whisk to combine thoroughly.
Chop cabbage into 3/4 to 1 inch chunks (authentic Ugly Dog Style!).

Combine with dressing.  Serve immediately or chill for an hour.

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