Mmmmm…. sauerkraut.


Rye bread
Corned beef, sliced thin
Swiss cheese
Thousand Island dressing

Heat up griddle, put temperature around 300 degrees.

Butter one side of bread and lay butter side down on the griddle, then place Swiss cheese. Next spread desired amount of Thousand Island dressing and add meat then sauerkraut. Add the other slice of bread closing the sandwich and butter the outer side. Then just let grill on each side until bread is toasted and cheese is melted.

Reuben Grilling

Cut in half and serve with a pickle and chips, yummy!

Cheesesteak Sandwiches – No Whiz

When I use to think about cheesesteaks the two that came to mind where the ones you get in the mall, you know the staple mall food chain cheesesteak place that also has fresh cut french fries? Yeah, that place and then Steakums, which thinking back make me wonder what my palette was thinking when I ate those. MMM… school lunch. I found these thin steaks in the meat department and gave it a whirl. I recommend after making these a few times that you do in fact use the Thin Sliced Steaks.

Thin Sliced Steaks
Green Bell Pepper
Cheese (Provolone, Pepper Jack, and Mozzarella are good ones to use)
Salt & Pepper

Season the steak as you wish (lemon pepper, pepper, salt, red pepper, etc) and let soak in. These are great on the grill as well … cook them up in a pan, Foreman type grills work well.

Grilled Steaks

In another pan (or on the grill place in tinfoil and add oil on top), add oil, onion, peppers, garlic, and mushrooms. Saute until tender. Once meat is done, slice into thin pieces, top with saute mixture and add cheese. Toss under the broil for a few minutes or until cheese is melted.

Grilled Peppers

This meal is great served easy with baked beans, veggies, and homemade fries.

Cheesesteak Sandwich

Pulled Pork Sandwich

This was my first time making this and I have to say it turned out wonderfully.

First you want to get a pork shoulder loin.

Lightly salt and pepper the pork. Put in tinfoil on Medium Indirect heat for 3-4 hours.

After grilling in foil for 20 minutes, add the sauce.

1 cup vinegar
1 1/2 tbsp. sugar
Tabasco Sauce
Diced hot peppers
Salt & Pepper

Whisk and mix together well, pour over the porn, the tinfoil will hold it all. Cook until internal temperature reaches 185 degrees. You can pull the pork with your hands or two forks.

Pulled Pork

Add BBQ sauce to pork and put on a fresh roll and you have one heck of a sandwich.

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Western Bacon Burgers

Western Bacon BurgerBacon Burger Patties
Sautéed onions and jalapeños
Onion rings
BBQ sauce
Pepper jack cheese

Grill bacon burgers in a cast iron pan or on the grill. Sautée onions and jalapeños; if you’re doing the burgers on the grill, put them into a piece of tinfoil, sprinkle some virgin olive oil over the top, and close up and place onto grill next to burgers. The grill will slowly cook the veggies and they are so good.

Put in the onion rings to the fryer, they take about three minutes. Melt cheese on burgers and I also prefer a toasted bun. Place burger on bun once cheese is melted, add sautéed onions and jalapeños, onion rings, and top with BBQ sauce. That’s it, no ketchup, mustard or relish. It’s wonderful.

Serve with baked beans for a complimentary side dish.

The Real Bacon Burger

Happy Fourth of July!

This is a quick, simple way to spice up burgers and make something a little different.

1 lb. ground beef
6 slices of bacon ground up (See Meat Grinder post)

Ground Bacon

Mix together, I use my hands to make sure the ground bacon is thoroughly in the meat without any large clumps. Make patties and then grill! If you do not wish to grill them, then cut them into individual squares and put in ZIploc Bag. You can either refrigerate them if you plan to use them in the next day or so, otherwise store them in the freezer. It’s a quick thaw and when separated with wax paper, the burgers come right off.

Bacon Burger

You can use different toppings on these burgers to make them extra tasty! Add pineapple – goes great with Hawaiian themed parties, or you can my favorite Western Bacon Burgers – which I’ll post that recipe next week!