Category Archives: Beef

Irish Ale Braised Beef

For St. Patty’s day I made an Irish beer beef stew. Originally I wanted to make  stout braised short-ribs, but it turns out short-ribs were a little more pricey than I originally thought. We ended up purchasing a single bottle of Smithwick’s (an Irish red ale) and some beef shanks and enjoyed every bite.

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Twice Grilled Corned Beef Reubens

I am naming this twice grilled Corned Beef Reubens because the corned beef itself was indirect heat slow grilled then the sliced meat was used to make sandwiches grilled on the flattop.  This was a bi-product of  St Patty’s Day Corned Beef availability, an anxiousness to get grilling outside, and the existence of our new meat slicer.  Reubens are a good ol classic that we recreated by cooking Corned Beef in a bit of an unorthodox way and combining it with the orthodox rye bread, sauerkraut, swiss, and homemade spicy Russian dressing.

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Italian Beef Sandwiches

We got some new toys for Christmas that we did not ask for but were very glad to receive – an electric pressure cooker and a deli slicer!  This is the first of many possibilities that these new pieces will lead to.  They both debuted on this dish which is mostly inspired by Travel channel type shows about Chicago Italian Beef Sandwiches like Al’s.  I have never been to Chicago but would love to visit and seeking out one of these sandwiches would be one of my first stops.  These toys made this a really quick and easy dish because we had the right tools!

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Grandma Janet’s Meatloaf

I love meatloaf. There I said it. My love for it started as a child, where most people’s supposed despise of the stuff also began. I never quite understood why meatloaf got such a bad rap? I grew up eating several varieties, all of which I absolultely loved. I’ve made my classic version here before and recently my dad stumbled upon my Grandma Janet’s recipe, the one that started it all, and scanned it into his computer and emailed it to me.

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Bacon Cheeseburger Patties

It’s exactly what it seems like it is.  I took bacon and cooked and chopped it along with cubed extra sharp cheddar cheese and worked them into patties with some seasoning.  Simple, quick, and highly effective!

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Grilled Meatballs

Yes that heading is correct, I made grilled meatballs.  Had some ground beef and a hankering for meatballs during some pretty hot days and decided to give grilling meatballs a try.  It worked amazingly well and produced a great taste of the grill with the Italian meatball flavors which were great dressed up with some sauce and cheese.

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Grilled Pit Beef

I was looking to grill something a little different since I had the time on a Sunday and it can be easy to fall into ruts in all aspects of cooking.  I decided to grill pit beef for sandwiches and used a method I was unfamiliar with.  This is basically a grilled roasted beef sandwich, which I thought would be indirect heat slow cooked but instead was directly cooked over the grill in a rather short period with much close attention to the grilling.

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Pastitsio

This is the second installment of the Greek inspired recent dishes, which has always been my favorite Greek dish.  Pastitsio is often described as a Greek lasagna which is fairly accurate.  This was a combination of a few recipes as they all differed quite a bit.  Either way, it is not a beginner recipe but it seriously may have been the best thing we have ever made!  I even met a new cheese in the process.

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Rotisseried Corned Beef

A good thing about St. Patty’s Day, and especially March 18th and on is the surplus of corned beef and the reduced prices after the 17th.  I always get one each year and this was no different.  In recent years I have been rotissering (and making up words) the corned beef which turns out more like a lunch meat texture than a pot roast if boiled.  Served with some roasted cabbage and made a few lunches also.

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Chili con Carne (The Best Chili Ever)

OK I know what you’re thinking… another chili recipe?!@? Yeah, but this one is really really good. I’m a big chili fan and always keep my eye out for variations. This one has cinnamon and cloves in it along with more traditional chili seasonings and almost has an Indian-esque flavor to it. It also has beer in it 🙂 We both really loved this one. Really.

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