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.

Cost:
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.

Cost:
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.

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

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

Beef lo mein

Very easy and completely quiets my Chinese food cravings.

What you’ll need:

¾ lb boneless beef steak
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp dry sherry
1 tsp cornstarch
2 pkg chicken flavored ramen noodles
4 c boiling water
3 c broccoli flowerets
1 ½ Tbl peanut oil for frying
3 Tbl oyster sauce
2 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 2 tsp water

Slice beef into thin slices about 2 inch long. Place in a blow and stir in soy sauce, sherry and dry cornstarch. Break ramen noodle blocks into 6 pieces each. Place in a separate bowl, sprinkle with included seasoning packets and cover with boiling water. Stir and let soak. Steam broccoli either in the microwave about two minutes or in a steamer until it’s barely tender. Heat oil in a large wok or skillet. Add beef mixture and stir fry until it’s no longer pink. Stir in broccoli. Pour 2/3 c of broth from the soaking noodles into a measuring cup. Add the oyster sauce to the measuring cup and stir to mix. Drain the noodles and discard the remaining broth. Add the broth/oyster mixture to the skillet with the meat and bring to a simmer. Stir in the cornstarch mixture and cook until thickened. Add the noodles and stir and cook until evenly coated and heated through. Serves 4.

Cost:
sirloin steak – $3.50
soy sauce $1.89
sherry – $2.00
ramen noodles – $0.29
frozen broccoli – $1.89
oyster sauce – $2.29
Total – $6.57

December 22, 2008 Posted by | -beef, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment