Noble Savage (he said):
Moonshine. That thing that makes Rednecks go blind. Luckily Silver Creek Craft Distillery’s Southern Moonshine is way more palatable than the traditional American version. I was expecting infused Mampoer, but this stuff is way more sophisticated, and hopefully not made in Cletus’ bath tub.
Silver Creek Distillery Moonshine is actually a spirit aperitif, and comes in these varieties – Clear moonshine, Charred moonshine, Apple Pie, Chocolate, Bon Fire (cinnamon), and Salted Caramel. Now as you might know already, I’m not that into sweet stuff. (But Boozy Foodie sure is!! – check out her cocktail recipes here: How to Get Your Shine on with Moonshine). So what to do when Silver Creek Distillery sent us a bottle each of the Southern Moonshine Apple Pie and Southern Moonshine Salted Caramel? I cooked with it!
I decided that the Apple Pie flavour will probably work best with pork chops. To add to the apple flavours, we added homemade apple chutney to the basting. For the chutney you’ll need:
- 6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced
- 1 onion, chopped
- ¾ cup apple cider vinegar
- 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/4 cup Apple Pie Southern Moonshine
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- Fresh grated ginger
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt
Bring all the above to a boil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer. Stirring occasionally, continue cooking for about an hour. Once most of the liquid has evaporated, take off the heat, and let it cool down.
For the basting, you’ll need:
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup apple chutney
- 60ml Silver Creek Apple Pie Moonshine
- 30ml soy sauce
- A pinch of paprika
Mix the above, and baste your pork chops as you turn them on the braai. It’s as simple as that. The honey and sugar in the basting can burn a bit, so just keep an eye out that it doesn’t get out of hand.
The apple flavours worked beautifully with the pork chops, and the watermelon and feta salad added a nice fresh dimension to the lunch. Summer in Pretoria is pretty f&cking hot, and the chops with the salad and some homemade beer bread was a perfect match to the weather – warm, but still nice and fresh.
And by the end of the afternoon, even I had a few shots of the Moonshine. And the moon was indeed very shiny. (Firefly fans will know…)