Pickled Red Grapes

It’s been a while since we posted any sort of recipe here on the blog, so we figured we were due. We love to pickle things here at Punk’s and one of our favorite salad additions is pickled red grapes. Some of you may recall the Duck Confit Salad that was on the menu here for a year or so. That salad was a tasty combination of mixed greens, duck confit, pickled red grapes and manchego cheese, topped with a pinot noir reduction. It was pretty damn tasty.

The pickled red grapes are unique and they’re easy to whip up at home. No fuss, just tasty results. Here is what we do.

Ingredients

3 cups red wine vinegar

1 ½ cups sugar

2 each bay leaves

2 cinnamon sticks

6 whole cloves

6 whole allspice

1# red grapes, cut in ½

 

Method:

Bring all ingredients except the grapes to a boil. Allow it to simmer for a few minutes, then take the mixture off the heat and let it cool. Add the red grapes that have been cut in ½.  Store the entire mixutre in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. They’re ready to eat immediately, but can definitely benefit from sitting in the liquid for a day or two. Throw them in a salad, with some mixed olives or eat them on their own. Enjoy!

 

New Specials!

Well, we couldn’t resist bringing the shrimp skewers back for a little while. They’ll only be on for a limited time, but they’re here today and will be here through the week. You get two skewers, mixed greens and flatbread for $11. But don’t sleep on this one, it’s only for a limited time.

And since it’s raining, we thought we’d whip up a batch of our new Maryland Crab Chowder! Fresh lump Maryland blue crab meat and Old Bay makes this a dish you don’t want to miss. It’ll certainly warm you up on this cold, cold day.

Evolution Pint Night! October 17th

It’s time for another pint night, ladies and gentlemen. We’re staying local, as we often like to do, and pairing up with Evolution Craft Brewing Co out of Salisbury, MD. The brewery is pretty sweet and they make some killer beers.  We have a fantastic lineup of Evo beers for your drinking pleasure.  Here are the details:

Wednesday, October 17th
4:00pm – 9:00pm

The beers:

Lot #3 IPA
Lot #6 Imperial IPA
Rise Up Coffee Stout
Jacques au Lantern Pumpkin
Menagerie #7
…and a yet to be determined cask!

The good people from Evolution will be here with cool swag and prizes.  Don’t forget that Happy Hour is 3pm – 6pm, so come early and get $2 off any of these delicious beers.

Draft Punk Cask!


Mark your calendars for…TOMORROW! We just got our hands on a pin cask of Draft Punk, our tasty house IPA and we can barely contain our excitement. The fine folks up at Oliver Ales in Baltimore brew this beer for us and it’s not too often that we get a cask of it. Needless to say, we’re excited.

Here are the pertinent details:

When: Friday, September 28th at 5pm

Where: Punk’s Backyard Grill in Annapolis

What: Cask of Draft Punk, a 7% IPA brewed in Baltimore

Who: You and me and Sheila and Jon and Ronnie and Dave and Rob and Kate and Jacque and Steve and Marisa and a bunch of other cool people

Why: Seriously? Where else are you drinking a tasty cask on a Friday night in Annapolis. NOWHERE.

And here’s a cool video from our first Draft Punk brew day EVER!


 

Ribs!

Don’t those look tasty?! We dry rubbed these delicious pork ribs with a special rib rub blend we make in house. I can’t give away all of our secrets, but the rub includes paprika, kosher salt, brown sugar, granulated garlic, onion powder, chili powder, black pepper, cumin, and cayenne. How could that possibly be bad? We then roast these tasty morsels in the oven for five hours until they pull right off the bone. Mmmmmmm.

Get them while they last, they’re just a special and are selling like hot cakes (or, I guess, like ribs). $18.50 nets you a half rack, a mixed green salad and your choice of side. Happy Friday!

 

Flying Dog Firkin! Wednesday, August 29th at 5pm.

 

We are teaming up with those fine folks at Flying Dog to bring you a cask of one of their latest creations, a single hop imperial IPA made entirely with Chinook hops. This 10% abv monster is crazy hoppy and delicious and is sure to impress you on cask. It definitely impressed us. And as you can see, it’s getting  rave reviews.

We’re certain that the Flying Dog crew will be giving away some good lookin’ swag  and we might throw some gift cards in the mix to raffle off. We will be offering $5 pours all night long and it’s going to be damn delicious.  So call your friends, call a cab, and find your way to Punk’s on the 29th. Festivities kick off at 5pm and go until you prove your worth and kill the firkin.