Chicago Magazine Food Photography:
BY BILL BRADLEY, The Daily
Just how serious is AmericaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s java addiction? According to the National Coffee Association, 64 percent of the population ages 18 and older consume at least one cup daily, up from 58 percent in 2011 and 56 percent the year before. But why relegate such impressive consumption to mugs in the morning? Chef Brendan Neville of ChicagoÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Bite CafÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© uses it to make his homemade barbecue sauce.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIt gives it a bitterness, an earthy flavor,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said Neville, who slathers the sauce on his famous pork shanks. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI like the balance of bitter and sweet.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
A word of warning: Cooking with coffee is all about balancing strong flavors. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œYou have to add some citrus or some kind of acid to cut through it,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Neville advised. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œAnd you definitely want a pronounced coffee ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â like rocket fuel!ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â … Click here for the recipe