Tuesday, May 22, 2012

BBQ Meatloaf Done Right

I love meatloaf! A long time ago, my Mama gave me her recipe for BBQ Meatloaf. She actually took an original Martha Stewart recipe and made it much much better with her Mama powers.

As a testament to my love for the loaf of meat, I've revamped an old post of a classic favorite. I added a little bit of my own twist on the recipe. So, get 'cher tummies rumblin' because here we go!

You will need:
  • 1 lb. ground sirloin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 4 slices of white or wheat bread, diced
  • 1 tsp. of Grey Poupon Mustard
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. honey
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Place your bread bits in a medium sized mixing bowl, as seen above. Next add your ground sirloin, onions, egg, and brown sugar. If you want your meatloaf with a kick, add the red pepper flakes now or sprinkle some on after it's done.

Wash your hands because you're about to be wrist deep in raw meat. The best way to mix all the ingredients together is with your bare hands. I know it's gross, but grow up. Thoroughly mix 1 cup of BBQ sauce and Grey Poupon mustard into the meat with a spoon.

Take all the meat out of the mixing bowl and form it into a loaf shape on a greased baking pan. I don't like putting meatloaf in a loaf pan, you might as well be cooking your loaf in a bucket of grease. Moving on, in a small mixing bowl, combine the extra BBQ sauce and honey to make a tasty glaze. Pour the glaze  over the length of the meatloaf. Pop it in the oven for 50 minutes.

Yum! See? And all the grease leaked out. I suggest a side salad and some scalloped potatoes on the side of this meaty treat. Don't forget! The leftovers make fantastic sandwiches!



Sunday, May 6, 2012

BBQ Cajun Turkey Melt

I don't want to brag, but I've been asked: How come when I make a sandwich it doesn't look as good as yours? There are two simple ingredients every sandwich needs, love and attention. You can't just slap a pile of ham on a piece of bread, slather on some mayo and except to be wowed. The key to a successful lunch is in you, my child.

You don't need gourmet ingredients to make a good sandwich. Start with the basics; bread, meat, vegetables, cheese, condiments. Spring on some bakery bread next time you're at the grocery store. It costs just as much as a regular loaf, except it's fresh baked every day! Try some new deli meats in the deli section. I guarantee it's better than whatever Oscar Meyers-Frankenstein creation they sell by the hotdogs.

To make this Cajun Creation you'll need to make a trip to the bakery and the deli, so get familiar with these locations! These are just the ingredients I prefer, feel free to substitute your own. But if you want the real deal, follow the list below.

You will need:
  • 1 fresh baguette
  • Tennessee Whiskey BBQ Sauce (or your favorite kind)
  • Cajun Turkey Breast, sliced thin
  • Shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack Cheese mix (or your favorite kind)

 Cut the baguette into two 4-5 inch halves. Lightly drizzle BBQ sauce on the inside of each half of the baguette and the sprinkle some cheese on top. This cheese will act like a delicious glue to hold the turkey inside.

Add a pile of turkey on one of the bread halves. Stack it low, stack it high - just stack that turkey, guy. Drizzle some more BBQ sauce over the turkey and sprinkle on a good amount of cheese.

Pop the halves in the toaster oven at 250 degrees for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted. Carefully assemble the hot sandwich halves and enjoy!