Friday, April 21, 2006

Freezer Food Friday-Live from Houston

Well, I skipped "Not So Best of Small Town Mexico" this week because I am not there and I really don't want to sit and waste time thinking about Small Town. I am in Houston at Grammy's house. We are having a great time. Highlights so far:

  • Fearlessly drinking water directly from the faucet
  • Drinking real milk (from a glass, not the container. I do mind my manners when I am not at my parents' house)
  • Jogging outside
  • Spending time with my great friend Grammy
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Marshalls
  • Gap
  • Old Navy
  • Chuck E. Cheese (ok, this was more of a highlight for the kids)
  • Sitting in the hot tub
  • Going to a movie that was neither dubbed nor sub-titled

And some more things to come before we leave:

  • Houston Aquarium
  • BBQ with old friends from Venezuela
  • Church in English
  • Banana splits
  • Blueberry muffins
  • More hot tub
  • Shopping
  • Probably a little more shopping (so sorry Guapo!)

Anyway, in honor of Grammy, I am going to share one of her best recipes (with her permission of course) that I freeze often and is a huge hit with Guapo and the kids. It is her famous BBQ Beef and it is as follows:

5-6 lb roast

Marinate 1 hour in:

2 cups Water
3 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tbsp. BBQ Sauce
1 Tbsp. Liquid Smoke

Bake in marinade for 5-6 hours at 350 degrees covered. Turn each hour

Cool-Pour off marinade-shred beef by hand

1/4 cup butter
3 Tbsp. Liquid smoke
3 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
26 oz. Ketchup

Simmer 1 hour. Pour over shredded beef. Bake 1/2 hour at 250 degrees.

This makes delicious BBQ beef. And pork. Whenever I ask for "roast beef" in Mexico they always give me a beef tenderloin so, I go with pork instead. They sell that prepackaged and I don't have to ask anyone for it. Grammy says that Nantie Meg has also done it with turkey. I'm pretty sure it would be great with chicken too. The recipe is easily doubled, tripled, quadrupled, etc.

I don't mean to mess with perfection, but there are a couple of things I do differently. First, because I am lazier than Grammy, I cook the meat in the crock-pot until it is tender. And second, I have a bigger sweet tooth than Grammy, so I always throw a little brown sugar into the sauce. Not sure how much. Enough to satisfy my sweet tooth.

Freeze the extra that you have in Ziploc freezer bags. You can move a bag from the freezer to the fridge the morning that you are going to serve it; buy some buns, chips, serve raw veggies and dip and voila! Dinner is served in a matter of minutes.

Try it! You will love it, I promise.


JD said...

I feel like I cheated on Thursday getting the recipe. HEHE!!
Have a great trip.
And I caught up with Em on IM. It was great!! Thanks!!

Mandy said...

Have a great time and enjoy the shopping!! I can't wait for summer. I'm starting my shopping list now. The kids have started making their list too..Tony Romas, Olive Garden, Taco Bell ...!!

itybtyfrog said...

The recipe sounds delicious. I love anything from my crockpot, so I will have to try it your way. Have fun on your trip...enjoy the shopping!!!

K-squared's Mom said...

What fun! We miss you all back here in Smalltown but we are vicariously sharing your Houston holiday. Have fun in the aquarium and do try some Amy's ice cream and if you're inclined, try their blueberry smoothie too!

Nantie Meg said...

Best recipie ever!!! I think Grammy has made it for every big event in my life. Graduation, Honors Ceremony, 4th of July, Birthdays, Halloween, MLKJ Day, when I cut my first tooth, you know, the big stuff.

Lei said...

Houston! You're so close to me (Austin)... anyway, hope you're really enjoying the vaycay!!!

Rachelle said...

I just discovered your blog and love it! I am so going to have to try that recipe!

smartmama said...

ahh the simple pleasures of life-- enjoy- always room for more shopping

Stephanie said...

Enjoy your little vacation. I love the recipe. It sounds SOOO yummy!!!

Grammy said...

I'm having the time of my life...Sooo glad you and the kids are here. Your friendship is the very best thng I got out of living in Venezuela!

No Cool Story said...

Welcome to America!!

We just made roast this weekend, will have to try your recipe next time.
Enjoy the hot tub and all the shopping.

Bright One said...

That sounds YUMMY! Unfortunately we have to start (YUCK!) eating healthy (YUCK!) around here cause HH all of a sudden developed high cholesterol.....I am SO bummed. I may just make this anyway for those times when I know he'll want to cheat! thanks!

handiemom said...

I love your list of positive things about the USA. Having lived in Mexico, I totally understand! It was very funny....