The 5 Essential Spices Every Man Needs

While on my fishing adventure my buddy Kent and I stumbled upon something I believe to be quite profound.  We discovered that there are really only 5 spices that a man need know about whilst cooking.  In no particular order they are:

Beer: Yes Beer. Probably doesn't even matter what kind. I usually have Stella, Rickards White or Corona in my fridge so that is what I use. When cooking with beer its amazing when you simmer off most of the moisture, the yumminess that is left... Mmmmm

Bacon: OK, so not so much the bacon as much as the GREASE left over from the bacon.  Yes, I know you're thinking tasty right? Well it is. SUPER TASTY. In fact a dollop of that and a dollop of our next Spice below along with the fourth and fifth spices makes THE tastiest campfire fried fish you've EVER tried. OK, at a minimum it was the tastiest campfire cooked fish I'd ever tried...

Butter: Yes, good old Butter. Not margarine, not 1/2 and 1/2 but pure Butter. Pretty much works in any dish a man might create. For me most tasty when cooking omelettes, mushrooms, onions...
Salt: What else is there to say. Salt is...Salt. It is what it is, but no man's kitchen should be without it...

Pepper: Now, this is particular. Best is a nice sturdy pepper grinder. Not one of these chinzy kinds that you turn and turn and a few little sprinkles come out. I'm talking a beefy grinder that as you turn it, those fresh peppercorns (how fresh can they really be???) are being ground down to large flakes and they are POURING out of the bottom. MMM, I'm almost sneezing just thinking about it.

Now the goal of pretty much everyhing coming from a man's kitchen should be to use as many of the 5 spices as possible.  You will have achieved rockstar status if you can combine all 5 into a single dish... Try it and let me know what you can come up with!

My 5 spice combo:

Melt Bacon grease and butter in a pan.
Add 2 large Red Onions sliced in rings
Add 20 brown mushrooms sliced fresh
Brown for 5 minutes in large saucepan.
Add 1 bottle of your beer of choice to the mix.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Simmer 15 minutes until Beer moisture is almost all gone.

Server over BBQ Steak, Burgers, Smokies etc.

What's your 5 spice combo?

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