April 13, 2011

Spring has FINALLY sprung...Sort of...

This past weekend Spring decided to FINALLY show up...even though it only lasted until Sunday night. Saturday was a bit chilly in the morning but come afternoon, the sun was shining and I think we almost reached 70! It was a perfect day to bring the pit out of hibernation...
Ahh..the pit!!!
It was built by my Uncle Stevie somewhere around 10 years ago...maybe more. It is built directly into a trailer for easy transport! When Matt & I bought our house a few years ago, it would make frequent trips to and from my parents house and somehow has become a permanent fixture in our backyard...along with the gas grill, the mini pit and the caja china...BBQ much???
I looked all over my laptop for a picture of them all together...but of course, couldn't find one...I will take one this week and post it...

Well anyways...where was I going with this...Oh yeah, My Mom & I were CRAVING ribs...and who other to turn to, besides my Dad...who is in Texas right now...was Matt! So he fired up the pit and they may have been the best ribs.ever...or because I hadn't had them in so long...but who cares, the were AWESOME!

A few weeks ago I posted about Matt's Bourbon BBQ Sauce...since he is so busy at the greenhouse now, I knew he wouldn't have time or want to mess with it and frankly, neither did I...So this is what we do to zest up a bottled sauce...

Zested Up BBQ Sauce
enough for 2 slabs of ribs and 1 whole chicken
1 cup stubb's original bbq sauce
1/2 cup beer
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Mix all ingredients together and simmer for 10 minutes.
NOTE* You want the sauce to be warm to hot when you sauce the meat.

Feel free to use any beer of your choice or BBQ sauce but we LOVE Stubbs and Johnny Harris(but that doesn't need any zesting up)..we don't drink bud light but have some on hand for friends...
stir and simmer!
pure deliciousness!!!

I also made my Aunt Bea's BBQ beans...I'm not sure if I have ever mentioned this but, I have a large three ring binder filled with various family recipes, clippings from magazines, newspapers and recipes I have printed from the internet...It is my go to cookbook anytime I am looking for something great to make....
I came across this recipe and though I don't remember eating them as a kid, my Mom assured me I did and she then remembered how delicious they were...My Aunt Bea informed me yesterday that the recipe is over 40 years old, she hadn't made them in ages and that I inspired her to do so! Maybe these pictures will help get the ball rolling a little faster...

NOTE* The original recipe calls for 1/2 small box of brown sugar. I did not add this. The canned beans themselves already have a bit of a sweet flavor and I was afraid it would be too much for me.

BBQ Beans
1lb lean ground beef
1 large yellow onion, diced
3 11oz cans pork and beans
1 22oz can bush's grillin beans, I used the Southern Pit Barbecue
The following ingredients, I did NOT measure out...
yellow mustard, a few squirts
Worcestershire sauce, a couple shakes
ketchup, a few squirts
bbq sauce, stubbs, about 2 tablespoons
salt & pepper, to taste
  1. In a large cast iron skillet or pan, brown the ground beef and onions. When done drain grease and return to pan.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix together well. 
  3. Slowly bring to a boil and then turn down and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep from sticking to the bottom.

MMMMMMMMMM Gooooood!!!!!!

Kinda makes ya want to cookout this weekend huh????
I hope ya'll enjoy them as much as we did!
Until next time...

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Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks said...

I love Stubbs BBQ sauce! That is the best! I especially love their steak marinade :)
I wish we could BBQ outside, but it hasn't become spring here in MT yet!

Eccentric Kitchen (Steph) said...

I haven't tried any of the marinades...but I am going to soon!!!!!

Anonymous said...

It's always good to connect with fellow TastyKitchen members. =)
Those ribs look FANTASTIC! I long for the day when I can own a grill, because nothing beats grilling. And I love your amped up BBQ sauce!

Eccentric Kitchen (Steph) said...

@Jenna, so glad you checked out my blog! Tasty Kitchen rocks!!! Looking forward to sharing great recipes!!

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