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May 3, 2014 01:52 PM

Spicy hot simple syrup

I took advantage of a sale on nice, fat, bright green jalapeños at my restaurant supply store. I am smoking some now, and I made 2 big batches of "Cowboy Candy" which is jalapeño in a spicy simple syrup (spiked with turmeric, garlic, celery seed and cayenne pepper). It also has some apple cider vinegar in it, but it is still sweet. For some reason, I have a ton of this syrup left over! is waaaay too good to waste.

Chow friends....what would you do with the spicy, delicious syrup?

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  1. I would use it in a cocktail!

    What about a drizzle over ice cream?

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    1. re: foodieX2

      Cocktail...for sure. Spicy margarita?
      But, what else? I have a lot!

      I was thinking about processing maybe onion in it? Carrot?

      I wonder what I could caramelize in it?

      1. re: sedimental

        Geez I heard you the first time! LOL

        If it is super concentrated already bit might be to too intense for quantity usage. However I do like the idea of caramelizing. Maybe caramelize a large amount of onions and then blend with syrup for a kind-of spicy onion jam. That would be great with pork or swordfish.

        Do you think it could be jellied? Nothing better than hot pepper jelly on bagel with cream cheese, on a cracker with sharp cheddar, etc.

        1. re: foodieX2

          I know...jeez! The site just freaked out!

          Excellent idea about the jelly!!

          I think I have some certo around here.....

          1. re: sedimental

            Plus jelly stores really well so if it's a winner it could be a great hostess or holiday gift.

            Let us know what you do.

            1. re: foodieX2

              Okay...I sliced some red onion on the mandoline and I will give that a go right now. See what happens. I will still have some syrup left...maybe now with more onion flavor, lol

              1. re: foodieX2

                Look foodiex2, the sweet and spicy red onion jam! I am thinking pork roast...or duck this week!

                1. re: sedimental

                  wow! I wish I had virtual spoon so I could taste it!!

              2. re: sedimental

                Do the jelly thing and serve it on biscuit sandwiches filled with breaded, fried, BS chicken thighs.

        2. glaze chicken or pork
          add vinegar and dress something like 3 bean salad
          barbecue beans
          mix with mustard for dipping sauce

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          1. re: Tara57

            Oooohhhh.. Mustard dipping sauce.....beans... Yes! Thank you.

            Look at it now. It is red after the red onions were cooked in it...and getting tastier as I go!

            It is the syrup that never ends! Lol.

            1. re: sedimental

              that actually looks like it might be a good BBQ base.

              1. re: foodieX2

                Okay...stay with me...BBQ.
                I have some blueberries. This is spicy.... Tomato?

                1. re: sedimental

                  hmmmm-a fruit and tomato based BBQ sauce would be great with chicken or duck

                    1. re: sedimental

                      Blueberry and a little tomato...what else?

                      1. re: sedimental

                        You probably don't need any sweetener or heat, but what about some good mustard or mustard powder?

                        1. re: foodieX2

                          I just finished with 2 small mason jars of blueberry, tomato, jalapeño BBQ sauce for the fridge. I added some mustard (thanks) and some fresh nutmeg and cinnamon. It is a hot and spicy, fruity BBQ sauce... Perfect for this summers grilling!
                          If anyone else wants to play with this process, I would be happy to help! I got a lot from a really easy, cheap, simple syrup with jalapeño !

          2. The end result!
            Cowboy candy, spicy red onion jam, and spicy blueberry BBQ sauce!

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            1. re: sedimental

              Well done!!! Wish I could invite you over so I could hint for you to bring some!