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Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Twist on Baked Beans

Even if you are not a baked bean fan, or a fan of beans period, you will be after you try these...

This recipe serves 6 to 8.

4 Cans Pork and Beans - use your favorite brand and flavor - mine are Libby's in Molasses
1 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup favorite mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 tbsp Season Salt
Pinch of Kosher Salt
Pinch of ground black pepper

1/2 Pound bacon
1/2 Red onion - chopped or diced depending on your preference - I chop
1 Clove Garlic - fine chop


Cut bacon into matchsticks cook until begins to turn translucent.  Add the onion and garlic and cook until bacon just starts to crisp up, not all the way.

Place beans into a baking dish.  Add the the rest of the ingredients and mix to blend everything.  Add the bacon, onion and garlic right from the pan.  I add in the fat from the pan sometimes for that extra flavor.  Blend everything well.  Cover with foil and place in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.  Uncover and continue baking for another 30 minutes.  Remove and serve.


Best Burgers

1 Package or Ground Sirloin - Lean
2 Tbsp Garlic Salt
2 Tbsp Season Salt
1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
1 Tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tsp Franks Red Hot Sauce
1/2 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1/2 Cup BBQ Sauce - my homemade BBQ Sauce
1 Egg
1/4 cup bread crumbs


Place all into a large bowl and mix well with hands.  i find it is better to add the cheese at the end a little at a time to avoid it clumping together.  Get in there and use your hands to blend it all in well.  Form into patties, approximately 7 oz. 

Lay out a piece of parchment or wax paper on a plate or in a baking dish so the patties don't stick to the surface.  Once you have laid them on the plate, form a small impression in the center on the top of the patty.  this will help keep it from shrinking too much during cooking.

I sprinkle some of my own spice blend  over the top of the patties in the tray then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night.

Take the patties out ahead of time to bring them up to room temperature before you put them on the grill.  Grill to your liking.



Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Teriyaki Beef Bites

Brent gave me posting rights to this blog he created, so I figured I would start posting. Something yummy we tried the other night that was a great success:

Teriyaki Beef Bites

  • Soak sirloin steak in cider vinegar for several hours (this helps make it tender)

  • Rinse the steak off, trim off fat, cut it into strips or bite size pieces

  • Marinate in teriyaki sauce (I used a store-bought thick teriyaki marinade, but next time I think I will try making my own teriyaki sauce) for several hours - I marinated overnight.

  • Spread beef bites over a cookie sheet lined with foil and broil on high for a few minutes, then turn the bites and broil a few minutes more. When I say only a few minutes - really, they burn fast when you broil them.

  • Remove from oven and toss in a bowl with salt and pepper.

  • Serve with toothpicks.

We didn't take a picture, sorry. but I took the idea from a recipe on AllRecipes.