Texas-Style BBQ Sauce

Texas-Style BBQ Sauce

For Christmas Lyn got me a taste of Texas, Austin Texas to be exact Blacks BBQ . It had been years since I was there, but it did not disappoint. It came frozen so after it defrosted, I followed the simple directions to reheat. Wrap in tin foil place on pan * into a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes to 1 hours until internal temp was between 110 and 120. I stuck in my remote temp gauge and began to prepare my Texas style BBQ sauce.   Once it came to temp, I added another step and wrapped the whole thing, foil and all, in a towel and place in a small cooler with lid closed. It was in there for maybe 3 hours. Placing it wrapped in a cooler let it sit and absorb the juices and when I took it out it passed the flexible test gently dropping on each side. Ok enough about the brisket here is the sauce, a friend of mine in Dallas taught me this recipe which I have tweaked since.

* I like to preheat the pan in oven rather than throwing in cold pan.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 dash of Black’s original pepper sauce (optional)

How

In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer until you sell it could be less time. Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15-20 minutes to allow flavors to blend. I placed in the blender after, but this is optional.  This comes out as a thicker sauce. I stored in a small canning jar.

Pan-Roasted Swordfish with Mixed Peppercorn Butter.

Pan-Roasted Swordfish with Mixed Peppercorn Butter.

Wholefoods had swordfish on sale for $8.99 lbs and we bought a bunch. love out food saver we divided up and stored some in the freezer. I took a piece out in the morning and on the way home stopped at Shaws grabbed a lemon and some fresh parsley.  I had always seen recipes that oven roasted swordfish but was partly afraid to try because with fish a few minutes to long and you end up with a dry fish. The other reason was out of respect for my Mom who always soaked in grapefruit juice, she said this was a trick she learned from Legals, who now if that was true or a MOMism. Tenn she would coat with mayo and grill. this has been my standard way for many years I might add some Mrs Dash  rub for different flavors before the mayo went on.  Anyway with a quick google I saw this recipe  search among a bunch and my stomach growled. yep that was the one. Got to tell you this was great I only had 1 lb so I cut the butter mixture in half. This fish melted in your mouth heck i ate 1/2 pound and eyed Lyn’s leftovers.

I had to use their picture because we were so hungry i forgot to take a picture of the end results, which was pretty close I might add. Side note I’m starting to love my new cast iron pans.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mixed peppercorns, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/2 teaspoon (packed) grated lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 1-inch-thick swordfish fillets (about 6 ounces each)
    • I had only 1 lbs so I cut the butter mixed in half

How

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Mash butter, parsley, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon ground mixed peppercorns, and lemon peel in small bowl. Season to taste with salt.
  2. Heat oil in heavy large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle swordfish with salt and ground mixed peppercorns. Add swordfish to skillet. Cook until browned, about 3 minutes. Turn swordfish over and transfer to oven. Roast until just cooked through, about 10 minutes longer. Transfer swordfish to plates. Add seasoned butter to same skillet. Cook over medium-high heat, scraping up browned bits, until melted and bubbling. Pour butter sauce over swordfish and serve

Over all this was wicked easy to prepare and cook. definitely a repeater.

from epicurious

 

 

Mexican Spaghetti Squash Bowl

Mexican Spaghetti Squash Bowl

We love spaghetti Squash and Whole Foods had some beautiful one so we grabbed a 2 Lbs. This meant I had to half the recipe, no biggie

Lyn found this recipe on Hungry Girl’s site. I made some small adaptations such as I used some already made guacamole added more cummin casue I love cummin bot alot jsut a bit more.

I left her recipe for the Guacamole so I could try in the future.

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 55 minutes
Ingredients:

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Bowl
1 spaghetti squash (at least 4 1/2 lbs.)
1 cup chopped bell pepper
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 lb. raw extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less)
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 cup chopped tomato
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Guacamole – Again we had bought some small “WELCOME TO MOE’S” serving so I grabbed one of those. her’s looks interesting .

4 oz. (about 1/2 cup) mashed avocado
1/4 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp. lime juice
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. ground cumin
1/8 tsp. chili powder
Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Microwave squash for 6 minutes, or until soft enough to cut. Once cool enough to handle, halve lengthwise; scoop out and discard seeds.

Fill a large baking pan with 1/2 inch water. Place squash halves in the pan, cut sides down. Bake until tender, about 40 minutes. (For alternative cooking methods, see below.)

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine guacamole ingredients. Mix until smooth and uniform. Cover and refrigerate.

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and onion. Cook and stir until mostly softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and cover to keep warm.

Use a fork to scrape out spaghetti squash strands. Place in a strainer to drain excess moisture. Thoroughly blot dry, removing as much moisture as needed.

Transfer 5 cups squash to the large bowl. (Save any remaining squash for another time.) Sprinkle with garlic powder, onion powder, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. black pepper. Mix well. Re-cover to keep warm.

Clean skillet, if needed. Re-spray, and bring to medium-high heat. Add beef, and sprinkle with cumin, chili powder, remaining 1/2 tsp. salt, and remaining 1/4 tsp. black pepper. Cook and crumble for about 5 minutes, until fully cooked.

Spoon beef over spaghetti squash mixture. Top with guacamole, tomato, and cilantro.

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

Time-Saving Alternative: Instead of baking the squash, cook it in the microwave. After softening in the microwave, halving, and discarding the seeds, place one half of the squash in an extra-large microwave-safe bowl, cut side down. Add 1/4 cup water, cover, and cook for 7 minutes, or until soft. Repeat with remaining squash half.

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You might want to try out my Mexican Lasagna  this was pretty good.

 

What to do with 5 lbs. of Green Unripen Tomato – Salsa!

What to do with 5 lbs. of Green Unripen Tomato – Salsa!

OK The frost was coming, the frost was coming, and I am plighted with having my garden in the only space available which does not getting full sun in late summer and early fall. even with the warm fall I had over 5 lbs.  of green unripen tomatoes. They are fine to eat fired, in stew whatever I chose Sala, spicy salsa.

 

INGREDIENTS

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YIELD 8 pints

  • 5 lbs. green tomatoes, chopped small (as you prefer for salsa)
  • 6 yellow onions, chopped (4 cups)
  • 3 jalapenos, chopped with seeds (1/2 cup)
  • 4 large red bell peppers, chopped (2 cups)
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1⁄2 cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1⁄2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano leaves
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne (optional, to taste)
  • 1 -2 teaspoon sugar

DIRECTIONS

Combine everything in a large pot, mixing well. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, and cook for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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To continue canning, bring salsa to a boil.

Ladle salsa into hot sterile jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Wipe lids and jar edges clean before finger tightening lids and placing them back in the boiling canning pot.

Process (boil) jars for 15 minutes. Make sure the cans are covered by water.

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Remove carefully and let sit for 24 hours. Check lids for seal, and refrigerate any unsealed jars.

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Marcelo’s Chimi- Churri Sauce

Marcelo gave me a small canning jar of this and I marinated a slab of baby back for 24-48 hours those were the best ribs I have ever made.

(4- 8 cloves) Garlic

Parsley (lots) – one bunch

Oregano (lots) – one bunch

Bay Leave (whole) (about 2 – 3 leaves)

Red Pepper (crushed)

Paprika

Black Pepper

Kosher salt (sea)

1 cup Hot Water

½ cup Red wine vinegar

½ cup Oil (preferably not Olive Oil)

 

  1. food processor the herbs and garlic separately
  2. Boil water.
  3. Use a glass container and start placing the herbs, garlic and other ingredients;
  4. Add hot water,

Mirepoix

Mirepoix2 parts onion

1 part carrot

1 part celery

 

Mirepoix (pronounced “meer-pwah”) is a combination of chopped carrots, celery and onions used to add flavor and aroma to stocks, sauces, soups and other foods. The proportions (by weight) for making mirepoix are 50% onions, 25% carrots and 25% celery.

When you’re making stock, the mirepoix is ultimately strained out, so it’s not important to use great precision when chopping the vegetables. The sizes should be more or less uniform, however, to allow for uniform cooking times.

The more finely mirepoix is chopped, the more quickly its flavor and aroma is released into a stock. Since brown stock is simmered longer than white stock, it’s perfectly acceptable to cut the mirepoix into pieces an inch or two in size. For white stock, a ½-inch dice is probably best.

Making Stock with Mirepoix

For brown stocks such as beef stock, use a pound of mirepoix per 6 quarts of cold water. It’s customary to roast the mirepoix before adding it to the stock liquid, which contributes flavor and color to the finished stock.

For white stocks such as chicken stock or veal stock, use about a pound of mirepoix for 5 quarts of cold water. For fish stock, use half a pound of mirepoix per gallon of cold water. You can cook the mirepoix and fish bones in butter for a few minutes before adding the water.

Mirepoix Variations:

  • Leeks can be used in place of some or all of the onions.
  • If you want a colorless stock, you can make a “white mirepoix” by substituting parsnips, mushroom trimmings, or both, for the carrots, or just omitting the carrots altogether.

 

 

 

Glaze Guidance

Found this on Cookscounty.com

Reducing the glaze to the right consistency takes a little practice. Too long in the pan hardens the glaze into a tacky mess, but not enough time means a runny glaze and diluted flavors. Here’s how you’ll know when it’s just right. (Avoid dark skillets, as you’ll need to gauge the changing color of the sauce.)

1. NOT YET The bubbles just break the surface of the glaze, and a spatula makes little to no trail.

2. NOW! The bubbles are smaller and more plentiful. The color deepens, and a spatula makes a trail.

3. OOPS! TOO FAR! Big bubbles cover the dark, thick glaze. A spatula leaves a wide trail.

Pomegranate-Glazed Lamb with Carrots and Parsnips

Pomegranate-Glazed Lamb with Carrots and Parsnips

Last week Lyn went shopping for a few things on her own and there were a few impulse buys. We all do that I did it yesterday and ended up with American Chop Suey nice comfort food for a snowy day. Anyway she got a 4 lb. boneless leg of lamb. I used 1 lb to make ground lamb last weekend for Gyros. Today we made this roast and it was well worth the impulse buy well worth it.

Ingredients

Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cup Pomegranate juice
  • 3 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon Red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon Cinnamon, ground

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Veggies

  • 4 whole carrots, peeled
  • 1 1/2 cups large parsnips, peeled and thinly sliced – STEVE NOTE I did not have parsnip so I used potatoes
  • 1/3 cup Water

Lamb

  • 3 lb Boneless leg of lamb, trimmed of excess fat
  • 2 teaspoon Minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoon Cumin seeds – STEVE NOTE I did not have used ground Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoon Chopped fresh mint

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How:

Look for a mini boneless leg of lamb roast that weighs approximately 3 lb. These small roasts sometimes come prepacked in netting. For a leaner, cleaner tasting lamb we like to trim the fat off the surface. This requires removing the netting, trimming the fat, and retying your roast. The extra work is definitely worth it.

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine pomegranate juice, sugar, 1/2 tsp. of the black pepper, red pepper flakes, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.

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Reduce heat to medium-high and simmer until mixture is thick and syrupy and reduced to about 1/3 cup, about 20 to 25 minutes.

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3. Cut carrots and parsnips in half lengthwise and then cut into 3-inch pieces. Place in a microwave-safe bowl with water. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 2 minutes. Remove plastic wrap and toss vegetables with 2 Tbsp. of the pomegranate glaze.

4. Place lamb in the center of a large baking dish or roasting pan. Rub garlic into roast. Season with 1/2 tsp. of the salt, remaining 1/2 tsp. black pepper, and cumin seeds. Brush the top and sides of lamb liberally with pomegranate glaze. Distribute vegetables and their liquid around the roast. STEVE NOTE – I rubbed the roast with garlic and the spices wrapped in plastic wrap and set in refrigerator for a few hours. Took out and let get to room temperature.

5. Roast for 40 minutes, stirring vegetables once or twice, until meat is cooked to about 115 degrees. Brush roast with any remaining glaze (if it has thickened, microwave for 15 seconds). Increase oven temperature to 500 degrees. Cook until meat begins to brown in spots and the temperature reaches about 125 degrees for medium-rare, 140 degrees for medium, and 160 degrees for well done, according to your preference (about 10 to 20 minutes).

6. If you prefer your lamb more well done and it begins to overbrown, lower heat to 475 degrees and cover meat loosely with foil.

7. Transfer lamb to cutting board, tent with foil and let rest for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, spread vegetables evenly over baking dish and return to oven to bake until all the juices have evaporated and vegetables have begun to caramelize, about 4 to 5 minutes; watch that they don’t burn. Remove baking dish from oven and stir butter and mint into the vegetables.

8. Remove strings and use a sharp knife to cut lamb into thin slices. Transfer vegetables and lamb to platter and serve warm.

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Source: Hannaford fresh Magazine, September – October 2008

Brown Sugar Basting Glaze – Turkey

I used the buttermilk turkey marinade method, then stuffed it with lemon, oranges garlic and onions and roasted and then brushed on this nice glaze to get not only flavor but that great caramelized color. Make a head gravy is always a must make that last minute prep so much easier.

Ingredients:

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  • 2/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest

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How:

In a small saucepan, bring vinegar, brown sugar, and orange juice to a boil over high, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture is syrupy, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in 2 tablespoons butter and orange zest.

Use this to baste the turkey once it reaches 125 degree every 15 minutes until done. Tent with tinfoil if gets too browned.

We also make a brined turkey the day before so everyone who came could have plenty of leftovers. – just roasted regularly

Related

Buttermilk Turkey (stevesacooking.com)

Maple Syrup and Bacon Turkey (stevesacooking.com)

Make Ahead Gravy (stevesacooking.com)

Reign On Carolina Barbecue Vinegar Barbecue Sauces – Week 11

Reign On Carolina Barbecue Vinegar Barbecue Sauces – Week 11

Thin, tart and full of great flavor – While watching the Pats why not try some local cuisine BBQ shredded Panthers with vinegar based sauces.

Vinegar is the secret ingredient of Carolina Barbecue, particularly apple cider vinegar. Straight cider vinegar is used as a marinade, before cooking, as a baste during cooking and as the primary ingredients of a finishing sauce served on barbecue at the table. The secret of using vinegar with barbecue is to give it time to work it’s way into the meat so that you won’t be left with a strong bitter flavor. You need to balance the sweet flavor of slow cooked meat with the flavor of the vinegar. The advantage to vinegar barbecue sauces is that you can add them in at anytime and the vinegar easily works into the meat. This allows you to add spices and have them sink into the meat giving it plenty of flavor.

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Of course there is more to a good vinegar barbecue sauce than vinegar. North Carolina is divided on the issue of sauce. On the eastern side, vinegar is kept pure, particularly of those nasty tomatoes. However on the west side barbecue sauces are put together with a hint of tomato and sugar. Now while the purists will keep to these formulas others have taken to the additions of cayenne, brown sugar, molasses, red pepper, red pepper flakes, etc.. These thin sauces can come in so many different variations that they could challenge the thick, sweet sauces in variety.

The vinegar used is usually apple cider vinegar, but plain white vinegar works as well. The advantage of vinegar in sauces is that it has an additional tenderizing effect that helps make barbecue pull apart perfect. The gentle acid of vinegar tenderizes the meat during the process making it as tender as possible

Now, like any other barbecue sauce it is best made in advance. You want to give the flavors time to mix. The vinegar will literally dissolve most anything you add to it. If you add coarse ingredients like red pepper flakes you really need to give it a day or two to pull the flavors out into the vinegar.

Now these would be good with any of my recipes such as:

ribs

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pulled pork

brisket sandwich

Here are some local Carolina recipes I found

Pulled Pork Finishing Sauce

North Carolina Vinegar Sauce

This traditional finishing sauce is a wonderful accompaniment to Carolina Style Pulled Pork. It is served on the side and added by the person doing the eating.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: Makes about 1 1/4 cup

Ingredients:

•1 cup cider vinegar
•2 tablespoons salt
•2 tablespoons brown sugar
•1 teaspoon cayenne
•1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Preparation:

Mix all ingredients together. Let stand as long as possible, at least 1/2 a day, but the longer the better.

North Carolina Vinegar Sauce

Carolina Red

This recipe is a great table sauce for Pulled Pork. Blending both the vinegar and tomato traditions of North Carolina into one.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: Makes about 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne or 1 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes

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Preparation:

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir to dissolve the sugar. Serve at room temperature or chilled. The sauce keeps indefinitely.

Hog Mop

Want to smoke a whole hog? This mop not only gives it a great flavor but makes enough to get you through.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Yield: Makes 5 quarts (You can cut it down in amounts when BBQ or smoking a roast. I would mop more often)

Years ago my sister would hold an annual pig roast I remember the ride home with the pig in the passenger’s seat cigarette butt hanging out of its mouth. We would do either an oil, oregano and rosemary or vinegar based slop. The trick was to get someone to wander over and try out turning the pig on the hand rotated spigot, then you would walk away leaving them with this distraught look of abandonment while you grab and down another beer. It was not long until they figured out the game and there were always enough newbies around. Wish I could find some of those old pictures, ahh that crispy pig skin.

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Ingredients:

• 3 quarts cider vinegar
• 1 1/2 quarts water
• 3/4 cup salt
• 1/4 cup chili powder

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Preparation:

Mix ingredients together and mop hog every other hour.

North Carolina Vinegar Sauce

Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 5 Minutes
Total Time: 10 Minutes
Yield: 2 cups

Ingredients

2 cups apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon Texas Pete’s
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt

How

1. Place all of the ingredients in a small, non-reactive sauce pan and bring to a boil. Whisk until the sugar and salt is completely dissolved, remove from heat, and allow to cool to room temperature.
2. Pour the sauce into a jar or squeeze bottle and let rest in the refrigerator one day before using.

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