Patriots Buffet Table 10/7/07 Patriots vs. Browns
by Patriots Daily Kitchen Staff

This week we’re getting ready for Pats-Browns. Cleveland – the only city I know that managed to set a river on fire. A burning river is almost as bad an idea as firing Belichick and they did both. On the Buffet Table, we’re looking towards the German ancestry of many Clevelanders and making Schwenkbraten.

Don’t worry it is easier to make that it is to pronounce. Schwenkbraten is a German grilled pork. Usually cooked over a beechwood fire, if you have a smoker go for it, it’s still great when cooked on a gas grill.

Schwenkbraten – German grilled pork
serves 4
4 onions
1 cup vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic crushed
1/2 cup (2 nip bottles) gin
1 tablespoon mustard (german stoneground will be best, but brown will do)
1 tablespoon thyme
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon black pepper
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon salt (kosher will be best)
2 pound pork loin, you can use boneless pork chops, but the loin is more tender
8 bulkie or kaiser rolls

Almost all of the work for this recipe occurs a day before.
Slice the onions and put the rings into a large ziplock bag, add everything but the pork and salt, mix it all together. Cut the loin into 16 chops, cutting on the diagonal will give you thinner chops with more surface area. They’ll soak up more marinade and grill faster, both good things. Sprinkle the salt over your cut chops. After 15 minutes, put the chops into the ziplock, mix it up, push the air out of the bag and close. By adding the salt and allowing the meat to sit salted, we drew some of the moisture out of the pork. That will allow the marinade to soak in faster. Refrigerate for 24 hours.

Take the chops out of the ziplock. Pour the onion and marinade mixture into a large aluminum foil pouch. Put the pouch on your grill, after 10 minutes put your chops onto the grill. The oil used in the marinade may flame up, so be careful when you put them on. 4 minutes later flip the chops, and after another 3 minutes check to make sure the pork is no longer pink and the juices run clear and you’re done. If you cut the chops thick you will need to cook them longer.

Layer the chops and onions onto the rolls, 2 chops per roll. You could use some more German mustard if desired, but you won’t need it. Mix some cayenne pepper into brown mustard and you’re pretty close to the secret recipe stadium mustard served in Cleveland.

Time for a drink!

With grilled meat one of my favorite beers is Porter. Porter is a dark beer full of roasted, chocolate, caramel and coffee flavors from the dark malts used to make it. The signature malt in a Porter is Black Patent. Patent in this case refers to a sort of license sold to maltsters (the people that turn barley into barley malt) back in the day in England. The sugars in the grains are highly carmelized and come close to being charred, just like what happens to meat that hits a hot grill.

Other beers may match up with the Schwenkbraten, but Porter can stand up to the spices we used in our marinade, and not many beers can pair so well with the char from a hot grill.

Cleveland has a number of smaller breweries, Crooked River even produced ‘Expansion Draft’ in honor of the Browns return to Cleveland. The most notable is the Great Lakes Brewing Company (
We can’t get their award winning Edmund Fitzgerald Porter in New England, but that won’t stop us from finding a great one.

We have no shortage of Porters from New England breweries. Smuttynose Robust Porter is one of the best in the country. Smuttynose Robust Porter is very similar to Cleveland’s Edmund Fitzgerald with strong chocolate and orange-citrus flavor from the hops. Berkshire Brewing Drayman’s Porter is very good. Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter is available inside Gilette at the Beers of New England stand in 22 ounce ‘bomber’ bottles. Atlantic Brewing from Maine contributes Coal Porter. The reborn Narragansett Brewing has started selling one. This isn’t a complete list, and your local brewpubs may have their own outstanding version. The larger craft breweries such as Anchor and Sierra Nevada put out their own porters.

You should have no trouble finding a good one in most stores.