My first Kinder's love happened appropriately enough in high school. A meat lovin' girl will easily fall under the seduction of a cut called the Ball Tip, no doubt. It's easy to figure out my feelings at the time: why date or hang out with boys my own age when I can relax at home and dig into juicy, tender beef? It has NOTHING to do with feeling awkward or teen skin problems, nahhhh. Having the Kinder's BBQ Ball Tip all to myself was easy going-no fuss, no muss, and one sandwich did the trick. And the Kinder's afterglow? The best skin treatment around.
Dad's been a Kinder's customer for over fifteen years. We were thrilled when a Kinder's opened in Benicia's little downtown a few years back. It brought badly needed smoke and spice to the quaint Main Street. He's always bringing home all kinds of wonderful meat from Kinder's, which has it all: meats, links, sides, monster sandwiches, sauces, and BBQ.
These days my Kinder's love is their hottest menu item. As I mature as a heat eater, so too do my meat choices. The Atomic Hot Link has a bright red tint to it, and gives a wonderful snap with each bite. I like the chunky blend the Atomic Hot Link offers, all garlicky, spicy and meaty at once. If the Atomic is too hot, they offer mild, as well. One Atomic Hot Link makes a great supper as a stand alone dish. Since I grew up eating Oroweat bread, I tend to like the Atomic Hot Link nestled in a lightly toasted piece of wheat bread, with any type of mustard.
If at home (rather than at a BBQ), cook the Atomic Hots in a cast iron skillet with 1/4 cup water and a pat of butter. Add more water and butter if you have more than 2 links, going up to no more than 4 total. No need to crowd the skillet. As the butter melts into the water, I spoon the liquid over the links, and then cover. Turn every 2 minutes until the outside is slightly blistered. If the water gets low or turns too brown, add more water. You don't want a dry skillet. The cooked link casing won't be the only clue: you will have a heavenly spicy smell wafting around that says, "Get ready for dinner."
If I receive more info from Kinder's on their Atomic Hot Links, I will post. Please post a comment if you have been to Kinder's and what your favorite items are. There are several locations in Northern California, and I am honestly considering sending off for franchise info so I can have my own. I went to the Pleasant Hill location today, and giggled over the signed photos of Green Day that included, "Tres Cool loves a good kielbasa."
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