General’s Smokehouse HOT Slaw
Not a typical review, I am only doing this in recognition of the ever growing popularity of hot food and to give props to a fellow Chilehead, Spencer Self, who makes one heck a good tasting Cole Slaw. During the Pilgrimage to Gatlinburg, TN this month, as always we stop off in Chattanooga, TN to visit my Sister and Brother-in-law. On this trip I noticed a very small store front on the end of a multiple business building with a lot of trucks (remember, we’re in TN – more trucks then cars) outside of it. We just caught the name on the sign and decided to ask my Sister what it was.
General’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que just opened this year, “Oh you have got to try their HOT Slaw” my Sister’s eye’s gleamed. I told them about you and they are going to make up a special batch just for you. So the decision of what to do for dinner was settled pretty quickly. I had to try: “Meal by Itself – “Titanic Tater” is a hickory smoked potato busted open and smothered with butter, sour cream, meat (pork, beef, or chicken), cheese and BBQ sauce…..YUM!“ I was the only one who finished it completely, yeah no big suprise there aye. But it did take all I had and I paid for it later.
Ingredients: your basic cole slaw- amped up!! Spencer starts with a finely chopped cole slaw mix and adds a punch with sliced Jalapenos, Jalapeno juice soaked in, and tops it off with his homemade Hot Sauce ( a very tastey red cajun
styled sauce with a lot of coarse pepper ). One would think it would be loose or watery, but the slaw had a nice consistency and was very smooth.
The obivious is that the first aroma you catch is the slaw. there is the distinct vinegar smell and a peppery under tone. If you’ve ever had the peppers in vinegar at a Bob Evan’s or a Southern/Counrty Styled Rest., that is exactly what it smells like, peppers and all. The flavor is awesome, to a Heat Seeker it’s on the medium level, but I can tell you out of the four of us that tried it
for the first time, I was the only one not breathing heavy and pounding beer to extinguish the heat. I was just pounding beer for the sheer pleasure of it, if you know what I mean.
Conclusion: Spencer is a true blue Chilehead, his HOT Slaw is incredible! So if you are heading North on I 75, get off on exit 11 – Lee Highway and about two miles down on the right hand side is General’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que…To Go. Tell Spencer I sent you and ask him for his HOT Slaw, maybe he’ll make up a little special batch for you too.
BBQ & More…….To Go!
Spencer Self, Owner
9416 Lee Highway
Ooltewah, Tn 37363