December 31, 2018

Gus's Fried Chicken Recipe - The Best Duplication So Far of the Gus's Recipe




I came as close as I have gotten to duplicating the Gus's Fried Chicken recipe. Here follows the latest, updated recipe:

Gus’s Fried Chicken
#1 2018
 24 hour marinade. Begin the day before you plan to fry the chicken
(Increase these quantities, depending on how much chicken you plan to make)
1 lb (one) boneless skinless chicken breast cut into three pieces
1 cup corn starch
¼ cup (4 tablespoons) all purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 cup water (note: 1 ½ cups is too much. I actually ended up with 1 ¼ cup water and poured off a little water in the morning that had gathered on top of the marinade)

Marinade for 24 hours.

Fry at 325-350 F. Use a neutral vegetable or corn oil. I do not recommend canola oil as it smells like frying fish and adds an unpleasant fish taste to fried foods.

Note, when the exterior crust looks perfect, the interior may still be uncooked. It is the curse of these huge chickens that they sell now. Try your best to buy a 2.5-3 lb chicken.

If it isn't spicy enough, "salt" with Tony Chachere creole seasoning. Next time you make it, increase the amount of cayenne, and/or, add chopped whole serrano chiles or habanero chiles to the marinade.





The long marinade has the effect of making the chicken very moist; even the chicken breasts. Though, as we all know from Kenji Lopez-Alt's articles for Serious Eats, "brining" or long marinades will change the texture of the chicken meat, making it more homogeneous (what Mike Logan, a friend of mine, calls "hammy" in reference to the texture of smoked hams).

I still finish the chicken in the oven to assure that it is cooked throughout.

Temptation may be to make a thicker batter. But I think that for the crispiest crust, a thinner batter is the way to go. Just enough so that it clings.

I used to remove my chicken pieces from the marinade batter with tongs. But I found that this scraped away some of the batter. Now, I just spear the pieces with a fork and drop them into the hot oil.

You can test the quality of your batter by pouring some into the hot oil and frying it up crisp. Taste it and adjust seasonings. If it is too spongy tasting instead of crisp tasting, it may have been too thick and will need to be thinned slightly. 

If you've ever had really good Korean fried chicken, that is similar to the Gus's recipe.

A local Korean chicken place (Toreore) uses this brand of extra crispy batter mix for theirs. You may wish to find it online and buy some to try: Shirakiku brand Extra Crispy Tempura Batter Mix.




Here follow my previous comments and riffs as I continued to work on a Gus's Fried Chicken recipe.

(Special Note to My Readers: Also, be sure to check out my other Gus's Fried Chicken postings as these have additional information on spices for this recipe) (Update August 2017: Be sure to see my more recent posts on the recipe and photos from my August 2017 visit)


Today, I came as close as I have gotten to figuring out the Gus's Fried Chicken recipe.

I started this blog back in March of 2013.

It is not the Saveur Magazine recipe and it is not the Nora Jones recipe (the two most common recipes that show up when one does a search on the Internet).

The secret is that it is a slurry. You may want to think of it as a batter, but I think slurry is almost a better description since the cornstarch doesn't really fully blend in with the buttermilk (you need to keep stirring as it does separate out if left sitting). You have to mix corn starch and buttermilk to the right consistency, and then add just the right amount of paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, salt, etc. followed by just enough Louisiana hot sauce to make it work. Too much hot sauce will affect the crispness. It needs to be a slightly thicker batter ( I would describe it as crepe batter consistency, or, a slightly thinner pancake batter). (Although: I also want to try a straight hot sauce and cornstarch experiment, an icewater and cornstarch experiment, and also a whole milk and cornstarch experiment in the future).

I switched to Canola oil for a while ("Canadian oil low acid"), ignoring my personal opinion that Canola oil gives food a fishy smell and taste. But I am back to recommending Crisco oil or peanut oil as my personal preferences. I just don't like Canola oil.
So, here is what needs to come together for this to work.

The important thing is:
Buttermilk - 1 1/4 cups buttermilk to....
Cornstarch - 1 cup corn starch to make the basic slurry
(experiment with reducing the amount of buttermilk to corn starch to make a thicker slurry)
(note: I've tried a water and corn starch slurry but wasn't pleased with the results. I haven't tried a water and egg with corn starch slurry though…the egg would add viscosity)

Update August 2017: It appears that a critical component is a 24 hour soaking in the slurry.

And then you will want to season to taste (I have specifically not given guidelines here as I want you to do your own homework; use your best judgement. Everyone's taste buds are different)

Paprika (this will help darken the chicken, giving it some color; I will usually do 1/4 tsp)
Cayenne (this will add heat; I will usually do a 1/2 tsp)
Black pepper (this will add heat; I will usually do a 1/2 tsp)
White pepper (this will add heat; I will usually do a 1/2 tsp)
Garlic powder (personally I just use a pinch because, for me, garlic powder adds an aftertaste to the chicken; but that is just a personal bias)
Salt (go easy on the salt; you can always add salt at the table)
Louisiana hot sauce (start off with 8 dashes per above buttermilk/cornstarch slurry)
MSG (most commercial chicken has some MSG in it; start off with 1/4 tsp and adjust to your preference with the next batch that you make)







Church Picnic Calendar - 2018 - Updated for September Through November on September 22, 2018

2018









September Through November - 2018










22-23         St. Jerome
                 8825 Kempwood Dr.
                 Houston, TX 77080
                 (713) 468-9555

23              Immaculate Conception Church Bazaar
                 608 Fifth St
                 Sealy, TX 77474
                 (979) 885-3868

23            St. Joseph
                FM 485, off Highway 53
                Cyclone, Texas 76519
                (254) 985-2280            

23           St. James Catholic Church            
               510 South Camp St. 
               Seguin, TX 78155
               (830) 379-1796

23           St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church     
               304 W. Church St.
               El Campo, TX 77437
               (979) 543-3770

23           Immanuel Lutheran Church
               3801 Cunningham Rd.
               Killeen, TX 76542
               (254) 634-2772

23            St. Mary’s Catholic Church (String Prairie)
               St. Mary’s Road
               Rosanky, Texas 78953
               (830) 839-4580

 

October                                              

7              Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church (Hostyn)
                936 FM 2436
                La Grange, TX 78945
                (979) 247-4441  

7             Holy Rosary Catholic Church (Frenstat)
                8610 FM 2774
                Caldwell, TX 77836
                (979) 535-7704

7             St. Luke’s Catholic Church (Loire)
                3930 FM 536
                Pleasanton, TX 78064
                (830) 393-6021

7             St. Roch Catholic Church (Mentz)
                1600 Frelsburg Rd.
                Alleyton, TX 78935
                (979) 732-3460

7             Sacred Heart Catholic Church
                915 Runneburg Rd.
                Crosby, TX 77532
                (281) 328-4871

7             St. Ann Catholic Church
                14151 US Hwy. 87 W.
                La Vernia, TX 78121
                (830)779-3131

7              Holy Cross Catholic Church
               2001 Katy Ave.
               Bay City, Texas 77414
               (979) 245-6379

14             St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Pin Oak)
                732 FM 2104
                Smithville, Texas 78957
                (979) 542-0217

14             St. Anthony Catholic Church       
               1602 Bowie St.
               Columbus, TX 78934
               (979) 732-2562

14              Holy Cross
                839 Church Street
                East Bernard, Texas 77435
                979-335-7551

14             Our Lady of Victory
                1309 E Mesquite Lane
                Victoria, Texas 77901
                (361) 575-4741

14              Church of the Visitation (Westphalia)
                144 County Road 3000
                Lott, Texas 76656
                (254) 584-4983

14               St. Stanislaus
                 1511 Highway 90 South
                 Anderson, Texas 77830
                 (936) 873-2291
 

21            Guardian Angel Catholic Church
                5610 Demel St
                Wallis, TX 77485
                (979) 478-6532

21            Holy Cross Lutheran Church
                605 Hwy. 77A S.
                Yoakum, TX 77995
                (361) 293-3033

21            St. Ambrose Catholic Church
                8602 Loop 570
                Wall, TX 76957
                (325) 651-7551

21             St. Paul Catholic Church
                204 Mills Street
                Smithville, Texas 78957
                (512) 237-3299

21             St. Mary's
                715 N Main St
                Bremond, Texas 76629
                (254) 746-7789

28           Sacred Heart Catholic Church     
               580 E. Pearl St.
               La Grange, TX 78945
               (979) 968-3430

28           St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
               9214 Main St.
               Needville, TX 77461
               (979) 793-3787

28            St. Paul Lutheran Church
                201 Veterans Dr.
                Columbus, TX 78934
                (979) 732-2423

28             Sts. Peter & Paul
                936 S Front St
                Bellville, TX 77418
                (979) 865-0676

November

4              Our Lady of Lourdes
                 105 N. William St.
                 Victoria, TX 77901
                 (361) 575-3813

 

Previous Postings for the Year - Will Be Updated in 2019

February

11           Industry, Texas Click On This Facebook Link For Videos Of The Event          Videos

April

- April 14 - Schulenburg has its Annual Sausage Festival (all day event)

07            Holy Family Catholic Church
               Spring Gala w/Red Ravens
               See flyer - presale tickets only
               2009 Briar Ln.
               Wharton, TX 77488
               (979) 532-3593

28            St. Mark Lutheran Church
                Annual BBQ Fundraiser               
                501 Willow Dr.
                Lake Jackson, TX 77566
                (979) 297-2667

28           St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church
               5356 11th Street
               Katy TX 77493
               (281) 391-4758


29            St. Mary’s Catholic Church
               10471 Grotto Rd.
               Frydek, TX 77474
               (979) 885-3131

29            St. Michael’s Catholic Church
               Spring Picnic w/Czechaholics, 11A-4P            
               410 N. Center St.
               Weimar, TX 78962
               (979) 725-6714

   
    









May

5               Christ Lutheran Church
                 German Sausage Dinner w/live music, 11A-2P                
                 35912 Royal Rd.
                Pattison, TX 77423
                (281) 934-8218


6              Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church (Hostyn)
                936 FM 2436
                La Grange, TX 78945
                (979) 247-4441  


6               St. Anthony de Padua
                 1523 Main St.
                 Danbury, TX77534-0299
                 (979) 922-1240

 

13             Christ Lutheran Church (Loebau)
                4654 CR 114  
                Lincoln, TX 78948
                (409) 884-0333

 20           Louise, Texas Volunteer Fire Department - Come out and support the                               VFD  on May  20th 2018. 4 pieces of fried chicken, rice gravy, green beans for $10 to go plates.

20           St. John's Lutheran Church

               FM 60 & FM 111
               Deanville, TX
               (979) 535-4125

 

27            St. Joseph Catholic Church
               8282 FM 141
               Dime Box, TX 77853
               (979) 884-3100

27           Sacred Heart Catholic Church     
               400 E. Fifth St.
               Hallettsville, TX 77964
               (361) 798-5888

27            Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church  
               306 S. Avenue F
               Shiner, TX 77984-8208
               (361) 594-3836

27            St. Paul Lutheran Church (Serbin)
               1572 CR 211
               Giddings, Texas 78942
               979-366-9650

27            St. Joseph Catholic Church (Stoneham)
               11323 CR 304
               Navasota, Texas 77868
               (936) 894-2223


June

3             Hungerford, Texas: "Jim Havel co-chairman of the grotto in Frydek. I suggest you make a trip just 20 miles southwest of Frydek to Hungerford, Texas their annual fire department fundraiser, the best fried chicken I have ever eaten with something they call rice dressing and homemade potato chips.  Always the first Sunday in June Hungerford Hall middle of town population 100, you and your followers will be thrilled!" 

3              Sacred Heart Catholic Church
                516 South Faires
                Flatonia, TX 78941
                (361) 865-3568

3               Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Corn Hill
                8626 FM 1105
                Jarrell, TX 76537
                (512) 863-3020    

09/10       St. Mary's Catholic Church
                101 Church St
                Windthorst, TX 76389 (near Wichita Falls)
                (940)423-6687

                                         

10            St. Mary's Catholic Church
               FM Rd 340 #1648
               Hallettsville, TX 77964
               (361) 798-2128

10            St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church
               1010 Lyons Ave.
               Schulenburg, TX 78956
               (979) 743-3117  

16            St. Michael's Lutheran
               700 Frio St
               Winchester, TX 78945
               (979) 242-3444
 

                                               

17            St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (Ammannsville)
               7745 Mensik Rd.
               Schulenburg, TX 78956-5724

 

24            United Evangelical Church of Christ
               320 Silver Maple W
               Lyons, TX 77863
               (979) 596-1456

24            Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church             
               126 Plum Church Rd.
               La Grange, TX 78945
               (979) 247-4441

24            Fayetteville Brethren Church
               1022 Kramr Rd
               Fayetteville, TX 78940
               979-220-1289

 24           Sts. Cyril/Methodius Chicken Dinner/Battle Dance
               100 N. Brazos
               Granger, TX 76530
               (512) 859-2223                                              












July                                       

1               Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church
                FM Road 1383
                Dubina, TX 78956
                (979) 725-8461

 

4              St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (St. John’s)
                7026 FM 957
                Schulenburg, TX 78956
                (361) 798-5888

                                                                          

15           Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church
              11134 FM 957
              Moravia, Texas 78956
              (361) 798-5888


15           St. James Catholic Church
              417 N. College St.
              Gonzales, TX 78629-4111
              830-672-2945


22           St. Mary's Catholic Church
               8227 County Road 205
               Plantersville, TX 77363
               (936) 894-2223

27-28    St. Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church
             205 W. Pecan
             Lockhart, TX 78644
             (512) 398-4649

 

29          Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church
              219 W. Magnolia St.
              Penelope, TX 76676
              (254) 533-2325  

   
   
                        








August                                 

5               Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church
                1031 Church Ln.
                Frelsburg, TX 78950
                (979) 732-3430

5               St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
                1004 Magnusson
                Palacios, TX 77465
                (361) 972-2446  

             St. Joseph Catholic Church          
                210 Schrimscher Street
                Yoakum, TX 77995
                (361) 293-3518

5              Immanuel Lutheran Church        
               310 Seguin Rd.
               La Vernia, TX 78121
               (830) 253-8121


12            St. Michael’s Catholic Church
                410 N. Center St.
                Weimar, TX 78962
                (979) 725-6714

12            St. Mary Church of the Assumption
                Church Address: 301 S. Harrison
                Picnic Address: 2547 Jerry Mashek Drive
                West, TX 76691
                254-826-3705

 

15           Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church (Praha)
               821 FM 1295
               Flatonia, TX 78941
               (361) 596-4674

 

19           St. Andrew Catholic Church        (Hillje)
               270 St. Andrew St
               El Campo, TX 77437
               (979) 648-2864

19           St. Monica Catholic Church
               6 S Nolan Ave
               Cameron, TX 76520
               254-697-2107

 

26           Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church (Cistern)
               113 Manchester St.
               Flatonia, TX 78941
               (361) 865-3568

26           St. Mary Catholic Church  
               815 St. Mary's Church Rd.
               Ellinger, TX 78940
               (979) 378-2277

26           Holy Rosary Catholic Church 
               1416 George St.
               Rosenberg, TX 77471
               (281) 342-3089

 

September                                      

2             Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church (High Hill)
                2833 FM 2672
                Schulenburg, TX 78956
                (979) 743-3117

2              St. John the Baptist Catholic Church        
                209 E. Bell St.
                Fayetteville, TX 78940
                (979) 378-2277

2              Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
                705 W. Broadway
                Cuero, TX 77954
                (361) 277-9062

2             Sacred Heart Catholic Church     
                400 E. Fifth St.
                Hallettsville, TX 77964
                (361) 798-5888

2             Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church  
                306 S. Avenue F
                Shiner, TX 77984-8208
                (361) 594-3836

2             St. Mary’s Catholic Church 
                8227 County Road 205
                Plantersville, TX 77363
                (936) 894-2223

2              St. Stanislaus Homecoming Bazaar 
                 9175 FM 1371
                 Chappell Hill, TX 77426
                 (979) 836-3030

2               Sts. Cyril/Methodius Parish Bazaar
                 100 N. Brazos
                 Granger, TX 76530
                 (512) 859-2223

2               Holy Cross Lutheran Church 
                 600 FM 1482 Rd
                 Warda, TX 78960
                 (979) 242-3333

 

09             Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church (Marak) 
                 6633 FM 2269
                 Buckholts, TX 76518
                 254-697-4861

09             St. Mary's of the Assumption
                 301 E. Fourth St.
                 Taylor, TX 76574
                 (512) 352-2175

09              Vsetin Czech Moravian Brethren Church (Hallettsville)
                 6095 FM 2314
                 Vsetin,Texas
                 (361) 798-5722

09              Holy Cross Catholic Church
                 1214 Zorn Rd
                 Yorktown, TX 78164
                 (361) 564-2893

 

15-16        St. John Nepomucene
                 401 E. Lampasas St.
                 Ennis, TX 75119
                 972-875-2834

16             St. Joseph Catholic Church
                 601 N. Pecan St.
                 Moulton, Texas 77975
                 (361) 596-4674

16              Holy Trinity (Corn Hill)
                 8626 FM 1105
                 Jarrell, Texas 76537
                 (512) 863-3020 

16             St. Wenceslaus (Holman)
                 FM Road 155
                 La Grange, Texas 78945
                 (979) 743-3117


22-23         St. Jerome
                 8825 Kempwood Dr.
                 Houston, TX 77080
                 (713) 468-9555

23              Immaculate Conception Church Bazaar
                 608 Fifth St
                 Sealy, TX 77474
                 (979) 885-3868

23            St. Joseph
                FM 485, off Highway 53
                Cyclone, Texas 76519
                (254) 985-2280            

23           St. James Catholic Church            
               510 South Camp St. 
               Seguin, TX 78155
               (830) 379-1796

23           St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church     
               304 W. Church St.
               El Campo, TX 77437
               (979) 543-3770

23           Immanuel Lutheran Church
               3801 Cunningham Rd.
               Killeen, TX 76542
               (254) 634-2772

23            St. Mary’s Catholic Church (String Prairie)
               St. Mary’s Road
               Rosanky, Texas 78953
               (830) 839-4580

 

October                                              

7              Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church (Hostyn)
                936 FM 2436
                La Grange, TX 78945
                (979) 247-4441  

7             Holy Rosary Catholic Church (Frenstat)
                8610 FM 2774
                Caldwell, TX 77836
                (979) 535-7704

7             St. Luke’s Catholic Church (Loire)
                3930 FM 536
                Pleasanton, TX 78064
                (830) 393-6021

7             St. Roch Catholic Church (Mentz)
                1600 Frelsburg Rd.
                Alleyton, TX 78935
                (979) 732-3460

7             Sacred Heart Catholic Church
                915 Runneburg Rd.
                Crosby, TX 77532
                (281) 328-4871

7             St. Ann Catholic Church
                14151 US Hwy. 87 W.
                La Vernia, TX 78121
                (830)779-3131

7              Holy Cross Catholic Church
               2001 Katy Ave.
               Bay City, Texas 77414
               (979) 245-6379


14             St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Pin Oak)
                732 FM 2104
                Smithville, Texas 78957
                (979) 542-0217

14             St. Anthony Catholic Church       
               1602 Bowie St.
               Columbus, TX 78934
               (979) 732-2562

14              Holy Cross
                839 Church Street
                East Bernard, Texas 77435
                979-335-7551

14             Our Lady of Victory
                1309 E Mesquite Lane
                Victoria, Texas 77901
                (361) 575-4741

14              Church of the Visitation (Westphalia)
                144 County Road 3000
                Lott, Texas 76656
                (254) 584-4983

14               St. Stanislaus
                 1511 Highway 90 South
                 Anderson, Texas 77830
                 (936) 873-2291
 

 

21            Guardian Angel Catholic Church
                5610 Demel St
                Wallis, TX 77485
                (979) 478-6532

21            Holy Cross Lutheran Church
                605 Hwy. 77A S.
                Yoakum, TX 77995
                (361) 293-3033

21            St. Ambrose Catholic Church
                8602 Loop 570
                Wall, TX 76957
                (325) 651-7551

21             St. Paul Catholic Church
                204 Mills Street
                Smithville, Texas 78957
                (512) 237-3299

21             St. Mary's
                715 N Main St
                Bremond, Texas 76629
                (254) 746-7789


   

28           Sacred Heart Catholic Church     
               580 E. Pearl St.
               La Grange, TX 78945
               (979) 968-3430

28           St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
               9214 Main St.
               Needville, TX 77461
               (979) 793-3787

28            St. Paul Lutheran Church
                201 Veterans Dr.
                Columbus, TX 78934
                (979) 732-2423

28             Sts. Peter & Paul
                936 S Front St
                Bellville, TX 77418
                (979) 865-0676

November

4              Our Lady of Lourdes
                 105 N. William St.
                 Victoria, TX 77901
                 (361) 575-3813