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BCP Pairing Sessions #4: Summer Edition – Ready, Set, Spicy!


BCP Pairing Sessions: #4: Summer Edition – Ready, Set, Spicy

Beverage: Pale Ale

Cigar: Nicaraguan Flavor Bangers

Eats: Grilled Blackened Tilapia

Why it works: Spicy and light with a slightly bitter hopnado to wash it down, the Blackened Tilapia and Pale Ale pairing will have your taste buds working overtime, which means you’re going to need a stick with big flavor to hit big. Try some Nicaraguan Flavor Bangers like the Avo Syncro Nicaragua, 601 PA Edition or MUWAT by Acid Subculture to round out the occasion.


Recommended Nicaraguan Flavor Bangers:

Avo Syncro Nicaragua


W: Colorado Maduro

B: Dominican

F: Nicaraguan, Peruvian, Dominican


601 PA Edition


W: Habano Oscuro

B: Nicaraguan

F: Nicaraguan and Pennsylvania Broadleaf


MUWAT by Acid Subculture


W: San Andreas Maduro

B: CT Broadleaf Maduro

F: Brazilian Mata Fina Oscuro, Nicaraguan Esteli Ligero, Nicaraguan Seco Jalapa and Nicaraguan Viso Condega


Grilled Blackened Tilapia Recipe:


1 pound Tilapia

1 tablespoon butter

3 tablespoons paprika

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

grill basket or griddle




  1. In a small, microwave safe bowl, melt the butter in the microwave.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the paprika, salt, onion powder, black pepper, oregano, thyme, garlic powder and cayenne pepper to make the rub. The amount of cayenne pepper used will determine the spiciness. 1 teaspoon = very spicy. 1/2 teaspoon = medium. 1/4 teaspoon = mild.
  3. Brush both sides of the tilapia with melted butter and apply the rub generously.
  4. Preheat the grill to high. Spray grill basket or griddle with PAM. Load tilapia into grill basket or griddle.
  5. Place grill basket or griddle on heated grill and close lid. Cook for 2 minutes and then flip and cook the other side for 2 minutes. Be careful not to over cook.

Kick it up a notch: Serve it over a caesar salad, brown rice or with some homemade chips. You’re dangerously close to a healthy meal here, so if you can manage to avoid ice cream in this equation, I think you’re good.