The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Barbecue sauce

Barbecue, or as we have always called it, BBQ is just not the same without a good sauce. I’d like to share three of mine today. They are all good on any kind of meat or grilled seafood. This first one is very simple and is particularly good on chicken. The second takes a little time but is worth the wait. It’s excellent on pork. The third is perfect when grilling fish or shrimp. It can be used to baste the seafood while it is grilling or is also good as a marinade before grilling.

BBQ sauce #1
(Makes about 3/4 cup)

What you’ll need:

  • 2 Tbl Worcestershire
  • 1/2 lb (2 sticks) butter
  • 2 Tbl vinegar
  • 12 drops Tabasco sauce

Mix all together and heat over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Use immediately.

Worcestershire sauce – $1.79
butter – $2.38
vinegar (small) – $0.92
Tabasco sauce – $1.59
Total – $1.66

BBQ sauce #2
(Makes about 3 cups)

What you’ll need:

  • 1 clove garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 3 Tbl butter
  • 2 Tbl vinegar
  • 1 Tbl orange juice
  • 6 Tbl brown sugar
  • 2 c ketchup
  • 1 c water
  • 1 1/2 c finely diced celery
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 Tbl Worcestershire
  • small can of crushed pineapple

In a large, deep pot, saute the garlic and onion in the butter. Mix in remaining ingredients. Allow to simmer for 45 minutes adding water if it becomes too thick. Let cool 10 minutes before using.

garlic clove – $0.50/1 head
yellow onions (3 lbs) – $0.99
butter – $2.38
vinegar (small) – $0.92
orange juice – $2.99/gallon
brown sugar – $1.44
ketchup (small) – $1.58
celery – $0.99
mustard – $1.28
Worcestershire sauce – $1.79
crushed pineapple – $1.09
Total – $3.55

BBQ sauce #3
(Makes about 1 3/4 cups)

What you’ll need:

  • 1 c peanut or sesame seed oil
  • 1/4 c soy sauce
  • 1/2 c sherry

Mix all together well.

oil (small) – $2.28
soy sauce $1.89
sherry – $2.00
Total – $2.89


January 3, 2010 Posted by | -sauces/toppings/marinades/dressings, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Sweet and sour marinade

Adds a sweet yet tangy flavor to meats or seafood.

What you’ll need:

½ c barbecue sauce
¼ c lemon juice
¼ c pineapple preserves
4 tsp soy sauce
½ tsp ground ginger

In a small saucepan, combine ingredients and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Use as a marinade for shrimp, pork, beef or chicken or for basting while baking or barbecuing. Discard any remaining marinade.

barbeque sauce – $1.50/bottle
lemons – $1.99/4
jam/jelly – $1.49/jar
soy sauce $1.89
Total – $2.87

December 25, 2008 Posted by | -sauces/toppings/marinades/dressings, SEAFOOD/FISH | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sausage-cheese balls

Great for parties!

What you’ll need:

3 c biscuit mix
1 lb pork sausage
4 c (16 oz) shredder cheddar cheese
½ c grated parmesan cheese
½ c milk
½ tsp dried rosemary leaves, crushed
½ tsp parsley flakes
Barbecue sauce, if desired

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease pan. Mix together all ingredients except the barbecue sauce. Shape into 1 inch balls. Place in pan. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until brown and cooked through. Immediately remove from pan. Serve warm with barbecue sauce for dipping. Makes about 100 cheese balls.

biscuit mix – $3.00
pork sausage – $1.89
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
parmesan cheese – $1.99
milk – $3.99/gallon
Total – $7.39

December 20, 2008 Posted by | -party ideas, -sausage, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cook like an Italian calzone

My kids are crazy for this!! For those of you that don’t know, a calzone is basically a pizza inside of it’s crust. There are so many different combinations I decided to give you the basic calzone recipe and then some suggestions after. Use your imagination!

Basic calzone

What you’ll need:

1 can pizza dough (you can find it with the canned biscuits)
Italian seasoning
Parmesan cheese
Mozzarella cheese
Small amount of olive oil
Fillings & sauces

Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray. Lay the dough out flat on cookie sheet (the dough is square when it is unrolled). Spread desired sauce to within ½ inch of edge. Don’t spread it all the way to the edge or your calzone won’t seal. Sprinkle about ¼ tsp parmesan into center. Fill half the calzone with desired fillings. Top the filling with mozzarella cheese. Fold the unfilled half over the filled half and press down on edges to seal all the way around the calzone. GENTLY press down on the top of the calzone to flatten it a little. Spread a small amount of olive oil mixed with Italian seasoning over the top. Cut three small slits in the top to release heat. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 7 minutes or until crust is brown and cheese is melted.

Suggested fillings:

Cooked, crumbled ground beef

Cooked, crumbled Italian sausage



Shredded beef

Shredded chicken


Black olives




Suggested sauces (to dip and to fill):

Garlic butter – Mix a little garlic powder with butter. Heat to dip, cold to fill.

Marinara – Mix tomato paste, a few drops of water & Italian seasoning. Heat to dip, cold to fill.

Blue cheese dressing

Ranch dressing

Barbeque sauce

Suggested combinations:

Breakfast calzone – Use ranch dressing as the sauce inside. Use scrambled eggs and cooked, crumbled breakfast sausage.

Taco calzone – Use cooked ground beef seasoned with taco seasoning, diced tomatoes, diced onions and cheddar instead of mozzarella and no sauce inside. Dip in sour cream.

Hawaiian calzone – Use sliced ham and pineapple chunks. Use garlic butter to fill and dip.

Barbeque calzone – Use shredded beef, onions and cheddar instead of mozzarella. Use barbeque sauce to fill and dip.

Bacon cheeseburger calzone – Use cooked, crumbled ground beef and bacon. Use cheddar instead of mozzarella. Use blue cheese dressing to fill and dip.

canned pizza dough – $1.89
Italian seasoning – $2.89
parmesan cheese – $1.99
shredded cheese – mozzarella – $2.85
Total – $4.98 + fillings

December 8, 2008 Posted by | ----ground beef, -bacon, -beef, -breakfast items, -chicken, -kids favorites, -pizza, -pork, -sausage, -vegetarian (*or almost*), -vote for Foodista contest, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our sloppy joes

I came up with this recipe when my middle daughter was 2 and she freaked out at her Aunt’s house after we tried to feed her “Manwich” I tried to convince her that sloppy joes were good but she didn’t want any part of it. So out of dinner ideas one night I threw this together and she loved it! And our sloppy joes were born…

What you’ll need:

1 lb ground beef
Season salt
Yellow mustard
Barbeque sauce
Sliced cheese
Bread or hamburger buns

Brown the ground beef, drain and return to pan. Season. Add a healthy amount of ketchup, about a tablespoon of mustard and A-1, and ¼ cup of barbeque sauce. Heat through. Serve on bread or hamburger buns with sliced cheese.

ground beef – $2.00/lb
ketchup – $1.89/big bottle
mustard – $0.79
A-1 – $1.89/small bottle
barbeque sauce – $1.50/bottle
sliced cheese – $3.12
hamburger buns – $0.79
Total – $6.52

December 7, 2008 Posted by | ----ground beef, -beef, -kids favorites, -vote for Foodista contest, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , | Leave a comment