Peppered Brisket B.L.T.A - We start off with thick brisket bacon that we cover with fresh cracked pepper. The bacon goes into a 375 degree oven for 20 minutes until brown and crispy.
Now it's just a matter of compiling all of the sandwich ingredients; the crisp bacon, 1 ripe tomato, 1 small head of bibb lettuce, 1 avocado and brioche bread. Layer a few strips of bacon on a slice of toasted brioche.
The veg goes on next in the form of a leaf of crisp bibb lettuce, a thick slice of fresh tomato a few slices of avocado.
The last component is the sriracha mayo which is simply, wait for it, sriracha mixed with mayo. Mix the two together and spread a good amount on the top slice of toasted brioche.
Close up the sandwich and there you have it. Admittedly, BLTs are not one of our go-to sandwich options but with peppered brisket bacon, avocado and sriracha mayo that could change in a hurry.
Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan - Our first beer from Mississippi's Lazy Magnolia Brewing is their flagship specialty beer, Southern Pecan brown ale. The beer pours a dark caramel color with almost no head. The aroma is sweet and a little tart. The flavor is really nutty, caramel-y and rich with a pronounced pecan flavor like a liquid butter pecan ice cream. The sweetness puts it on the cusp of a desert beer but we were still able to thoroughly enjoy it with the smoky bacon for which the pecan was a natural match for. Definitely not a beer you could drink everyday but when paired up nicely it's a delicious brew.
The Skull "For Those Which Are Asleep" - The long awaited album from former Trouble singer Eric Wagner's latest band The Skull's "For Those Which Are Asleep" is further proof that his unique brooding vocals mixed with the classic heavy doom sound just continues to get stronger. The riff that begins "Trapped Inside My Mind" is so insanely heavy you feel it in the pit of your stomach the whole way through. The vocals are in fine form and super melodic. The song slows down and gets a little progressive about halfway through before a blistering solo tears things up again. A deep rumbling bass opens up "The Touch of Realty" which is a slow, plodding number that is as somber as it is loud. "Sick Of It All" keeps things tuned way down low and slow in the riff department but the song does a 180 in the vocal department with some fairly clean vocals and heartfelt lyrics. This formula lasts for a majority track then things really kick into high gear with a huge and heavy jam to end the song. The slow and dark "The Door" is a tune that just builds and builds with soaring guitars and vocals behind a funeral-paced beat but despite its seemingly foreshadow, the song rests comfortably between first and second gear the entire time. One of the best licks on the album is at the beginning of "Send Judas Down". It's got that classic 70's hard rock guitar sound before the huge metal riff takes its place. It's all about the dirty groove on "A New Generation", a complete headbanger of a track that might very well be the best on the album. "Til The Sun Turns Black" is another killer track with a locomotive riff similar to the Scorps' "The Zoo". Great vocals and solo just put the exclamation point on things. The title track clocks in at a little over 7 minutes and begins with some Zeppelin-influenced eastern acoustic guitar work. The song turns into a classic Trouble-like number with a monstrous riff that tramples over anything in its way. The interplay of the two distinctively different sounds continue on for a majority of the song. "Sometime Yesterday Mourning" is straight up old school metal, recalling early Trouble. The tone on the guitar just screams 1984 as do the machine gun paced drums. The album ends with "The Last Judgement" which also caps off an amazing Side 2 of an album. This tune is a little more medium tempo, not quite sludgy not quite metal, just a solid heavy hard rock number. "For Those Which Are Asleep" is another great installment in the amazing Eric Wagner discography.