Hemlock Root – Beer Braised Rib Tips

*** Contest is CLOSED – But the rib tip recipe still ROCKS!!! ***

Everyone has a favorite holiday. For most that holiday is rapidly approaching in the form of a jolly fat man dressed in red with a bag of toys. Mine comes in the form of the walking dead dressed in rags with a bag of candy.

Ah yes – Halloween. All Hallows eve. The day when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is the thinnest. When ghosts and skeletons and the walking dead roam the earth for one last time. Mostly hoping for a king-sized snickers.

Well my apologies dear goblins. I don’t have any king sized snickers to give away today. As a matter of fact, I only have one treat to give to a lucky trickster. But it is a freakishly AWESOME treat, if I do say so myself.

My good friends over at SodaStreamUSA know what a CRAZED fanatic I am for their SodaStream machine. I have been an avid user for about 5 years. I have mastered the art of the fizzy water and I rave on a regular basis on the magic and wonder that is the home made Soda. I have even turned Jeff into a SodaStream Zombie!

One lucky ghoul will receive the following:

This package includes everything you need to make fresh fizzy water in your own home.

* Fountain Jet Home Soda Maker
* 1 60 liter Carbonator
* 2 Carbonating Bottles

Retail value of $109.94

SodaStream will also throw in a sample pack of all their soda flavors so that you too can make the AMAZING recipe we bring you below. This was made using soda we made RIGHT THERE ON THE SPOT with the SodaStream machine.

First things first:

1) Fill bottle with cold water. (Chill for optimal results)
2) Attach to Soda Maker
3) Push button to carbonate. We push the button 4 times. 1 to set and seal, and 3 more times to inject the bubbles.
4) Release the bottle from the Soda Maker, and add a cap full of “Root Beer” flavoring. (We find that you can add as much or as little of the flavoring that you like. We added a little extra for the recipe that follows.)
5) Cap and gently rock to mix.

And POOF! You have fresh tasty home made root beer for this scarily good recipe.

Walking Dead Rib Tips Braised in Deadly Hemlock Root Beer

Gather ye ingredients of toxicity…

Couple lbs of rib tips from your local Zombies, dusted with flour
2-3 T bacon grease (or peanut oil)
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, diced
3 cups of root beer
1 T oregano
1 T thyme
2 t chili powder
pinch of cayenne pepper
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper

Flour the rib tips and brown in the bacon grease.

Remove the rib tips and add in the onion. Cook till softened.

Then add the garlic and cook another minute.

Finally add the root beer, oregano, thyme, chili powder, cayenne, bay leaves and cumin.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Cover and let it cook for an hour and a half.

Check seasoning and serve to your minions.

Root Beer Braised Rip Tips

This was so good I refused to send the leftovers to work with Jeff the next day. And made with your VERY OWN HOME MADE ROOT BEER? Well won’t you be the hero.

We also flavor the fizzy water with natural ingredients. Crushed cranberries and sugar, smashed lemons, muddled mint and lime, cucumber slices, sweetened pumpkin puree, vanilla beans and even more. The favor possibilities are endless only by your imagination. Another really cool thing? Fizzy Jello! Over carbonate the water (Like 6 button pushes) and mix with jello. You jello will be all bubbly and that fun meter is so kicked up.

So have I convinced you that you want one yet?

Well this one can be yours. Enter by doing the following:

Leave me a comment here telling how you would flavor your first bottle of home made fizzy water. Check out SodaStream for their list of flavors or come up with one of your own. The possibilities are endless.

For a bonus entries:

Click the button below to send out the following tweet on Twitter:

I just entered to win my very own @SodaStreamUSA Soda Maker thanks to @BodaciousGirl & He Cooks She Cooks – Enter Now! http://t.co/x51NYPc

Or share this post on your FaceBook.

Make sure you come on back here and leave us additional comments for each bonus entry.

The contest runs through Friday November 5th 2010 at 7 pm e.t. The winner will be selected randomly by Random.org. and announced at that time.

GOOD LUCK and HAPPY HALOWEEN!

Cooked up by Jeff & Heather

89 Comments

  1. 89
    November 5

    Oh, I tweeted as well, and I would adore one!

  2. 88
    November 5

    Pink grapefuit sounds yummy and then I think I might add it to vodka! Yum!

  3. 87
    November 5

    I covet these Soda Streams. I tweeted it. I also want it.

  4. 86
    Patty White
    November 5

    I tweeted this and shared it on facebook. I first discovered this 2 days ago and fell in love with the idea. Win one or not, I’m so getting one of these. Best idea ever!!!

  5. 85
    November 5

    I’d want to do something fruity, maybe strawberry or pineapple? So many wonderful options!

  6. 84
    jen twark
    November 5

    I would pick diet grapefruit

  7. 83
    joe gersch
    November 5

    I would try petes choice

  8. 82
    Barbara Palermo
    November 5

    Probably just some lemon juice, I like to keep it simple.

  9. 81
    debp
    November 5

    I want one of these so much. I would try the diet pink grapefruit first.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

  10. 80
    Ronda
    November 5

    I would try the Diet Cranberry Raspberry.

    rrudnick@netnet.net

  11. 79
    November 4

    I would love to win this. I always have any where’s from 8-13 kids at my house and I am always running out of soda. This would be great and they could make there own. I myself would love to try the diet pink grapfruit

  12. 78
    Liza
    November 4

    Hmmm…I would put together a pear ginger flavored water with some extracts from my cabinet–perfect for fall!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    –Liza

    ejm6x (at) yahoo (dot) com

  13. 77
    Jenny K
    November 4

    I facebooked this!

  14. 76
    Jenny K
    November 4

    I would do some raspberry flavor – yum!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  15. 75
    Lubaska
    November 4
  16. 74
    Lubaska
    November 4
  17. 73
    Lubaska
    November 4

    I would flavor it with Ginger Ale. Great contest! thanks

  18. 72
    Erika Seever
    November 3

    I would try cream soda. My all time favorite. This is such a cool giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Liked you on FB too :)

    erika.seever@klrd.ks.gov

  19. 71
    Tara Maggio
    November 3

    I would love the zero cola. Saw this a really wanted it.

  20. 70
    amie
    November 3

    I love gingerale, so that would have to be my first soda to make :-)

  21. 69
    November 3

    Oooh I love the sound of cranberry raspberry. I am a fruity pinky kind of girl. The ribs are mouthwatering!

  22. 68
    L
    November 2

    Honestly, we’d try it plain first! I buy a few bottles of club soda a week–it’s a real staple around here!

  23. 67
    Serafina
    November 2

    I love this thing and have had my eye on it for a while now! I’d probably choose between getting a ginger ale flavor or, just because I think it’s awesome, an energy drink flavor!

    serafinac (at) gmail (dot) com

  24. 66
    Jennifer Allen
    November 2

    I tweeted the giveaway. (greenkiddos)

  25. 65
    Jennifer Allen
    November 2

    Yummy! I would love to flavor with something seasonal like a pumpkin spice or licorice. Sounds so good!

  26. 64
    sara mather
    November 2

    I would make black cherry

  27. 63
    November 2

    SHARED GIVEAWAY ON FACEBOOK VIA ANGEL JACKLYN facebook.com/kytah00

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/kytah00/posts/156859364355941

    kytah00@yahoo.com

  28. 62
    November 2
  29. 61
    November 2

    WOULD LOVE TO TRY PETE’S CHOICE! kytah00@yahoo.com

  30. 60
    Julia
    November 2

    I would make root beer or ginger ale. My favorite comforting flavors!

  31. 59
    Heidi K.
    November 2

    I would flavor mine with grenadine, Coke, and lime juice. Yum!

  32. 58
    November 2

    I would love to try the Cream Soda, this is my favorite flavor :)

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

  33. 57
    Terri
    November 2
  34. 56
    Terri
    November 2
  35. 55
    Terri
    November 2

    I would start with root beer.

  36. 54
    Ashley H
    November 2

    I’d like to try their cherry cola.

  37. 53
    Kimberly
    November 2

    I also tweeted
    Thanks!

  38. 52
    Kimberly
    November 2

    I popsted the contest on my facebook page

  39. 51
    Kimberly
    November 2

    I would probably start with the diet energy drink, but there are a lot of them that sound amazing!

  40. 50
    Dana
    November 2

    Oops forgot to say that I would love lemon-lime flavor because that is my favorite seltzer flavor!

  41. 49
    Dana
    November 2

    I love seltzer! This would make me so happy! It is hard work lugging plastic up to my apartment, and as a college student this is an expense that I probably should not spend but would love dearly! This is also very good for the planet :) Thanks!

  42. 48
    November 2

    I tweeted!

  43. 47
    November 2

    Lemon lime and vodka :)

  44. 46
    November 1

    Oh those rib tips look to die for! Muahahahaha!

  45. 45
    Jeff Zickgraf
    November 1

    I absolutely love my soda stream and am sure your lucky winner will too. Perhaps this is a little sad but I once told my wife that I think it would be a tough decision if I had to pick which to give up: soda stream vs iphone. The reason I love soda stream so much is that I never run out of fizzy water and I don’t have to spend a ton of money to be able drink it every day.

    My favorite food recipe for my soda stream is a desert: soda stream homemade root beer + ice cream = good times!

  46. 44
    Ronda
    November 1

    I would love to try the Diet Cranberry Raspberry.

    rrudnick@netnet.net

  47. 43
    James barrett
    November 1

    Well I think it would be no suprise that my first soda stream creation would be a Arnold Palmer but I may add a twist of raspberry, oh and some vodka ;)

  48. 42
    Jenny Kordon
    October 31

    I so want one of these. I would make some fun flavored water. Or let my kids pick a flavor.

  49. 41
    Kay
    October 31

    I think my first soda would be the ginger ale. There is nothing more refreshing than a nice ginger ale.

  50. 40
    October 31

    Every once in a blue moon when I want something really decadent I make a call to Daves Barbecue and get their Rib Tips appetizer with cole slaw on the side rather than the fries. I figure it’s at least somewhat low carb. And then I promise myself I’m NEVER going to eat that again because it has so much porky, fatty goodness. But, like a jealous lover, a month or two goes by and they haunt my thoughts again…

  51. 39
    October 31

    Great Giveaway!
    I’d make Diet Ginger Ale.

  52. 38
    Ehme
    October 31

    Honestly I would probably just make plain old soda water and put a dash of bitters in it when I was done. Or I would make lime flavored soda and add the bitters. mmmmmm….soda.

  53. 37
    October 30

    FB shared!

    I’ve never even heard of that machine!

  54. 36
    Haven
    October 30
  55. 35
    Haven
    October 30
  56. 34
    Haven
    October 30

    Mmmm. I so want to try the diet pink grapefruit. :)

  57. 33
    jc
    October 30

    I would love to try out the fizzy lemon lime with honey, this flavor is a definite thirst quencher! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

    yumihamano@gmail.com

  58. 32
    Zak Strassberg
    October 30

    and facebooked!

  59. 31
    Zak Strassberg
    October 30

    I tweeted too

  60. 30
    Zak Strassberg
    October 30

    Probably just some lemon juice, I like to keep it simple.

  61. 29
    October 30

    And I shared it on Facebook. Actuaaly, all my tweets go to Facebook so it wasnt like it was hard or anything! Great giveaway!

    Happy Halloween!

  62. 28
    October 30

    I tweeted! Want proof? ;)

  63. 27
    October 30

    I would make my daughter some vanilla cream soda! I would be her hero for sure and believe me, it’s hard to impress a 15 year old girl!

  64. 26
    October 30

    Those tips look totally delish!

    As for flavors, I would definitely have to mix cherry cola and vanilla. That sounds so good!

  65. 25
    October 29

    I love,love,love fizzy water! I’d drink it plain. But maybe i would add a little simple syrup with lemon juice.I didn’t even know they made something like this. I buy cases of Peligrino. Wow! Thanks ?

  66. 24
    joe gersch
    October 29

    I would pick petes choice

  67. 23
    October 29

    Posted to Facebook, too!

  68. 22
    October 29

    I love it – your site just told me that I’m posting too fast – slow down. LOL!

    Tweeted the giveaway!

  69. 21
    October 29

    Wow, Heather (& Jeff)! I’m loving the flavors & wondering if I can do that recipe with beef… Hmmm…

    And the SodaStream? You guys rock! I’d have to go straight for anything with mango in it first, cuz, ya know. Yum! Fabulous way to rock out The #GreatHallowTweet! :-)

  70. 20
    October 29

    I tweeted it on twitter too!

  71. 19
    October 29

    SA-weeeet!! I would make a lavender soda- YUM!!

  72. 18
    October 29

    omgee….where do i begin to tell you what cocktails i could make with this. you do realize i have a pool with a bar….right? hello?
    first flavor? let’s make something with pomegranate!!

  73. 17
    melanie
    October 29

    Melanie Calcut shared this on my facebook wall.
    melaniecalcut@gmail.com

  74. 16
    melanie
    October 29
  75. 15
    melanie
    October 29

    I have wanted to try SodaStream for soooo long. I am so dieing to try the Root Beer. I love that it has less sugar than my store brand.
    melaniecalcut@gmail.com

  76. 14
    michelle rosborough
    October 29

    I love Dr. Pepper so I’d go with Pete’s Choice

  77. 13
    jess
    October 29

    I would use my first batch of water to make homemade tonic water.

  78. 12
    October 29

    WHOA – the cranberry raspberry flavor sounds AMAZING.

  79. 11
    October 29

    Great post on the SStream & the ribs too! I carbonate water, juices, wines using Fizz Giz (www.fizzgiz.com). Works fine – only thirty bucks. U can also use it to perform pressure infusion marination – haven’t tried it on rib tips yet. But will fully marinate chicken breast strips in 20-seconds flat. Yep.

  80. 10
    Tracy
    October 29

    What a great giveaway! I’d be sorely tempted to start with root beer, but pineapple and strawberry would both be high on my list, too.

  81. 9
    Sherri Jones
    October 29

    Tweeted @starofthenight1

  82. 8
    Sherri Jones
    October 29

    Shared on facebook @starofthenight1

  83. 7
    Sherri Jones
    October 29

    I wo8uld love to try the diet cola, my fav.

  84. 6
    October 29

    Darn I bought my own sodastream already because of you! We use it everyday & everyone who sees it wants one.

  85. 5
    Fastler
    October 29

    I would most likely do something along the lines of Mixing up some grape (White) and apple juice with some ginger and elderflower juice. See if I can make an Almdudler substitute.

  86. 4
    October 29

    And FB’d it, too.

  87. 3
    October 29

    Tweeted!

  88. 2
    October 29

    Oh man, I’m loving the rib tips! LOVING.

    What soda would I make first? Something cool and refreshing like pink grapefruit/raspberry. Or maybe something seasonal like spicy apple!

  89. 1
    October 29

    OMGosh! These look to die for!

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