Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Dutch Oven BBQ Beef

Ok, I'm making up for being gone and the fact that I haven't really cooked in a couple of weeks. This is the meat dish that we had with the potatoes and it was super easy. The beef was fall apart tender which is always good and it was great with the potatoes and corn on the cob. I cooked it on the stove top but you could do it on the grill, a propane stove, or with charcoal if you wanted to be super authentic.

This would be good over rice or in sandwiches as well.

Sorry the picture is less than stellar, we were so hungry that I was lucky to get this one!

Dutch Oven BBQ Beef

2-3 lb beef, cut into strips (I used a round roast)
1 can beef broth
1/4 c. honey
juice and 1/2 tsp zest from 1 orange
1 c. BBQ sauce

Lightly brown the beef in the Dutch oven. Add the beef broth, honey, orange juice, and zest. Simmer for 90 minutes or until tender. Add water as needed. Stir in the BBQ sauce and cook 5-10 minutes more.

Dutch Oven Potatoes

I bet you all thought I died!! Not dead just swamped with summer stuff like a week at Girl's Camp and all that entails. Getting ready to go was crazy but it was an awesome week!

We had some good camp food while we were there but I was so busy running around that I didn't really get to enjoy it so the Sunday after we got back I pulled out the Dutch Ovens and made my own. Being basically lazy however I didn't build a fire I just used the oven and it turned out great.

These potatoes are my favorite way to have them. There are many, many recipes out there and all Dutch Oven cooks believe their version is the best but I am here to tell you it's hard to beat this one. My Dad taught me how to make this and although I don't do it often it's easy enough even a beginner can figure it out.

Dutch Oven Potatoes
6 qt dutch oven

10 lbs potatoes, washed and cut into thick slices
1 lb bacon cooked until crisp and roughly chopped
2-3 onions (we typically use yellow or white)
Cheddar Cheese, shredded
Butter (this is so far from healthy that there are no words....)

Wash and slice potatoes. Set aside in cold water.
Cook bacon and drain reserving some of the bacon drippings
Slice the onions in thin slices. Saute them in the bacon drippings until they are slightly translucent and starting to carmelize.
Wipe the inside of your dutch oven with a light coat of canola oil. Pam doesn't really work in this recipe. Slice a few pats of butter on the bottom and start layering.
1. potatoes
2. onions
3. bacon
4. butter
5. repeat until all ingredients are used up.
6. add a small amount of water...like 1/2 c maybe

Bake in oven at 350 for about an hour. Pull out pan and cover with cheese. Cover and put back in oven until cheese is melted.

Enjoy!