National Barbecue Day – May 16, 2017

5 Fun Facts about BBQ from Foodimentary.com

LBJ and Hubery H. Humphrey, Victory Barbecue, 11/4/1964, by Hulton Archive, with permission of Getty Images.

President Lyndon Johnson and Humbert H. Humphrey celebrate the election results at the Victory Barbecue November 4 in 1964. Photo by Getty Images©

  • Grilling is no longer considered a male dominated activity. While 51 percent of males cha-cha with the charcoal, 49 percent of women flamenco with the flames.
  • 263,000 moist towelettes will wipe up BBQ sauce covering fingers and faces.
  • The most common ingredient added to barbecue sauce is garlic, followed by brown sugar.
  • The original barbecue sauce, dating back hundreds of years, consisted of vinegar and pepper.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, hosted the first barbecue at the White House that featured Texas-style barbecued ribs.

LYNDON JOHNSON’S FAVORITE BARBEQUE SAUCE

  • 1/4 c. butter or margarine
  • 1/4 c. cider vinegar
  • 1/4 c. ketchup
  • 1/4 c. lemon juice
  • 1/4 c. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 t. Tabasco sauce

 

Directions:

  1. Bring all ingredients to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. If baking chicken, pour over the chicken pieces in a foil lined pan.
  3. Bake, uncovered at 350° for 1 hour, basting occasionally. This is enough sauce to cover 6 large pieces of chicken. If baking more, this recipe can be doubled or tripled.
  4. Refrigerate leftover sauce.

 

Find Walter “The Barbecue King” Jetton’s recipe here.  He was instrumental in making LBJ’s barbecue events successful.

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Delish Crack Pork Chops

Recipe by Lauren Miyashiro for Delish

Delish Crack Pork Chops

Photo by Delish

Yield: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. boneless pork chops (about 1/2″ thick)
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 c. barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

 

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the olive oil.  Season both sides of pork chops with salt and pepper.  Add pork chops to the skillet in a single layer and cook until golden on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  2. Meanwhile, make the “Crack Sauce”: In a medium bowl, whisk together barbecue sauce, brown sugar, lime juice and garlic powder.
  3. When the pork chops are golden, add the” Crack Sauce” to the pan.  Bring sauce to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium, cover the skillet with a tight-fitting lid and simmer until the pork is cooked through, about 4 to 5 minutes more.
  4. Garnish with parsley.  Serve immediately.

Slow-Cooked Pork Chops & Scalloped Potatoes

Yield: 6 Servings

Slow cooked pork chops and scalloped potatoes

Photo by Taste of Home©

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 6 bone-in pork loin chops (7 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 large onions, sliced and separated into rings
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup fat-free milk

 

Directions:

  1. Place potatoes in a 5-or 6-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray. In a large nonstick skillet, brown pork chops in oil in batches.
  2. Place chops over potatoes. Saute onions in drippings until tender; place over chops. Melt butter in skillet. Combine the flour, salt, pepper and broth until smooth. Stir into pan. Add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Pour sauce over onions. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until pork is tender. Skim fat and thicken cooking juices if desired.

 

Nutritional Facts
1 each: 372 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 389mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 35g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 fat.
Originally published as Pork Chops with Scalloped Potatoes in Healthy Cooking October/November 2010, p57

Pillsbury’s™ Mummy Stromboli

Yield: 4 Servings

Pillsbury's Mummy Stromboli

Photo by Pillsbury®

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 lb bulk pork sausage
  • 1  small onion, chopped (1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 package (3.5-oz size) sliced pepperoni (1/2 cup)
  • 1 can (13.8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated classic pizza crust
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 egg, beaten

 

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 425°F. In 10-inch skillet, cook sausage and onion over medium heat about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Reserve 2 slices of pepperoni; chop remaining pepperoni.
  2. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. Unroll dough on cookie sheet. Starting from center, press out dough to form 15×9-inch rectangle. Sprinkle cheese down center of dough to within 2 1/2 inches of long sides and within 1/2 inch of short sides. Top with sausage mixture, pizza sauce and chopped pepperoni.
  3. With scissors or sharp knife, make cuts 2 inches apart on long sides of dough to within 1/2 inch of filling. Alternately cross strips over filling. Pinch edges to seal. Brush egg over dough. Place 2 reserved pepperoni slices at top of dough to look like eyes.
  4. Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Cut crosswise into slices.

 

 

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Potluck Spare Ribs Recipe

Potluck Spareribs

Photo by Taste of Home©

Yield: 12 Servings

Ingredients: 

  • 6 pounds pork spareribs
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

 

Directions: 

  1. Cut ribs into serving-size pieces; place with the meaty side up on racks in two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pans. Cover tightly with foil. Bake at 350° for 1-1/4 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove racks; drain and return ribs to pans. Combine the remaining ingredients; pour over ribs. Bake, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes or until sauce coats ribs, basting occasionally. Ribs can also be grilled over medium-hot heat for the last 30-40 minutes instead of baking.

 

Nutritional Facts
1 serving (1 each) equals 551 calories, 32 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 128 mg cholesterol, 1,065 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 32 g protein.

 

Originally published as Potluck Spareribs in Taste of Home April/May 1996, p37

 

Lazy Man’s Ribs from Taste of Home©

Lazy Man's Ribs

Photo by Taste of Home©

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 lbs. pork baby back ribs, cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 c. orange juice
  • 1/3 c. cider vinegar
  • 1/4 c. molasses
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. barbecue sauce
  • 1 tsp. stone-ground mustard
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Liquid Smoke, optional
  • Dash of salt
  • 5 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. cold water

Directions:

  1. Rub ribs with Cajun seasoning. Layer ribs and onion in a 5-qt. slow cooker.  In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, orange juice, vinegar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, barbecue sauce, mustard, paprika, garlic powder, Liquid Smoke if desired and salt. Pour over ribs. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove ribs and keep warm. Strain cooking juices and skim fat; transfer to a small saucepan.  Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into juices.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Serve with ribs.

 

Originally published as Lazy Man’s Ribs in Simple & Delicious  January/February 2007, p.35