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Pollo a las Brasas y Frijoles Charros

Pollo a las Brasas y Frijoles CharrosI had originally planned on just making the Frijoles Charros (beans with bacon and roasted chiles) but I wasn't sure what to make with them since it's more a side dish than main dish so I looked through Authentic Mexican for another recipe that didn't look too time consuming to go with it. I came across the recipe for Pollo a las Brasas, Estilo Sinaloense (Grilled Chicken, Sinaloa Style). It actually wasn't too hard to find, it was actually suggested as a "perfect Match" in the beans recipe and it looked pretty simple so I went with it.

I started on the chicken first, making the orange juice marinade using fresh orange juice. I used my new juicer attachment for my KitchenAid Mixer. The recipe called for 1 1/3 Cups of juice and it took about 5 oranges to get that amount. I had a little leftover which I served over ice to Mark after I had a taste. I blended the juice with lots of garlic and some other spices in the new Blendtec and coated the chicken I quartered myself with my new cleaver. I decided to get a cleaver for butchering chickens because I didn't want to ruin my Shun knives. I got the cleaver at Bed Bath & Beyond for $45 minus 20% with the coupon I had. I guess I've been getting a lot of new kitchen gadgets lately. At least I am putting them to use!

While the chicken was marinating I got the beans soaking in water. I've been meaning to make some beans for a while. I even had a bag in my cabinet. However I had them so long that I'm pretty sure they were no longer good. I think the bag said 2006 on it. So I got a new bag of pinto beans to be on the safe side. I only ended up using half of the 2 lb bag and it made a lot. I started this stuff early cuz I knew it would take a few hours of soaking and cooking. There were a lot of tasty ingredients in these beans including roasted poblanos, roasted tomatoes, bacon, and pork shoulder.

I used my BBQ for the first time this year for the chicken. The recipe actually called for using a charcoal grill but I used my gas grill and it turned out fine except for burning the skin of the legs which I think Mark rather enjoyed. I thought the two dishes complimented each other well. I'll have to start making my own beans more often and not buy the canned stuff all the time.

Halved oranges KitchenAid Juicer
Pinto Beans Bacon
Roasted Poblano Peppers
Chicken on the Grill Frijoles Charros

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