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Memorial Day Recovery

Posted by Caveman Cooking on May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Recovery The bast laid plans … well, they don’t always work out! This was to be a weekend filled with friends and family, including a confirmation in San Diego, a wedding in the San Fernando Valley, and a weekend ending BBQ at the new cave. It all started great with a mid-Saturday cruise down the Cali coast to Santee, about 10 miles east of San Diego, for the pre-confirmation festivities Saturday night. But, everything was thrown into flux when I woke up around 4 AM with the room spinning like the Puke-N-Whirl at the local carnival. Before I knew it, I was in the throws of a very bad case of food poisoning brought on, apparently, by some bad Carnitas Tacos I had for lunch on the road.
Needless to say, I didn’t make it to the confirmation Sunday morning. Nor, had the room stopped twirling in time for me to jam back up north for the 2 hour trip to meet up with my wife at the wedding. I was in very sad shape. Though, after several power naps, lots of fluids, and a plethora of healing prayers the confirmation boy had asked for that morning, I was good enough to make an after-dark run for the comfort of my own bed. Somehow, I made record time doing the usual 3 hour jaunt in a blazing 2-25. Once in the door, I paused long enough to say “Hi” to the Cavewoman and headed straight for my pillow-topped oasis.
By some miracle, I woke up this morning feeling pretty good. So, we continued our plans for the weekend culminating Q. First, we hung our Stars and Stripes with renditions of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star Spangled Banner, plus a moment of remembrance for those that have fallen in service to our country. Then, a quick run to the store secured all the ingredients we needed to do Memorial Day justice to the meal that would feed the four of us and the Cave-in-laws. NY Steaks, shrimp skewers, corn on the cob, and Cavewoman’s homemade Bakeless Cheesecake were all set to go. Although, after I had gotten the steaks marinating, my body let me know that I was over-doing it, as usual. Nothing another power nap couldn’t fix!
I woke up in time to grill the Steak ala Cave, the shrimp with TSS Herbal Red and fresh lime juice, and the hand picked white corn. The sounds of savory pleasure didn’t end until the last bite was taken, then it turned to sounds of sweet satisfaction with the meal topping cheesecake.
I’d write some more but, again, my body is screaming, “Enough!”. So, I’ll just say, “Goodnight”, and tell you to get your culinary passports ready because, this week, we’re taking a Cave-recipe journey to the Middle East … YUM!

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Memorial Day BBQ

Posted by Caveman Cooking on May 27, 2010

Poppa Mike’s Legendary Gnarly Burgers

Poppa Mike’s Legendary Gnarly Burgers

For the Caveclan, any day that ends in “Y” is a good excuse for a barbeque. But, for many of the less “Fire goooood!” inclined in the USA, the Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of their Q-ing season. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the need for balmy weather in order to fire up the grill. It’s just that, being a Caveman and all, anything short of hurricane force winds just won’t keep me away from a date with my BBQ. That said, with it’s imminent arrival just hours away, we thought we’d share a few of our favorite outdoor cooking recipes to make sure your Holiday celebration is full of fantastic flavor!
Nothing says good old-fashioned American barbeque than a juicy, hot off the grill, hamburger. Just about any burger tastes better when it’s been flame broiled outside over a charcoal flame. As a child with a very limited palate, those ground beef patties made up the large bulk of my diet. So, I became very versed in how they should taste. Though, for some reason my grandfather’s burgers always tasted better than so many of the others I had encountered. Being that Poppa Mike had spent the bulk of his career in the meat business, I figured that he just knew something the others didn’t. What I didn’t learn, until years later, was that he actually had a secret recipe that took his burgers to the meat mountaintop. I’ve since adjusted his recipe slightly, but still pay great homage to his with Poppa Mike’s Legendary Gnarly Burgers. Give these juicy, flavorful babies a try at your Q this weekend if you enjoy hearing mewls of delectable pleasure coming from your guests … as well as yourself!
Beale Street BBQ Ribs

Beale Street BBQ Ribs

If BBQ ribs are your thing (their mine, too!) then you can’t go wrong with a rack or two of our Beale Street BBQ Ribs. These tasty pork bones are so easy to make. The trick is to let them marinate in the rub for as long as you can … 2-3 days isn’t unheard of around here. Also, be sure to cook them long and slow, and not to baste them too soon or the sauce will burn. Other than that, it’s a very basic BBQ recipe that will have your eyes rolling into the back of your head with each bite. Of course, you will need a preparation of Killer BBQ Sauce to go with them. But, that is a pretty easy recipe, as well. The downside with these is that you won’t look pretty by the time you are finished, but they are soooooo good that you won’t care! Besides, that’s why Wet Naps were invented!!
Juicy Beer Can Chicken

Juicy Beer Can Chicken

Searching for something a bit lighter and healthier? Then, a Juicy Beer Can Chicken is right up your alley. An easy to prepare recipe that doesn’t require much tending to once it is on the grill. Making it the perfect dish when you want to spend more time with your guests than over the fire. The best part of this recipe is that, even if you over cook it, all the meat (even the breast meat) still comes out so juicy and flavorful, it’s almost fool-proof. Plus, since there is no oil or fat used in the making of it, and most of the internal fats drip out during the cooking process, it is one of the healthiest dishes you can make. However, you don’t have to tell your guests it’s acutally good for them until they start begging you for the recipe … and they will! 😉
Killer Mac Salad

Killer Mac Salad

Naturally, every barbeque is in need of a good side dish. And this one may just be the perfect compliment to any gathering ’round the grill. Macaroni salad is a traditional staple of Hawaiian BBQ dishes and has made it’s way into the mainstream of American outdoor eating, as well. Personally, I never was a fan of mac salad until I had the incredible one served up by Dr. Hogly Wogly’s Tyler Texas BBQ in Reseda, California. From that moment on, I was in a mad search to be able to make a great version of this scrumptious side. It took years, but I finally came up with a Killer Mac Salad recipe that truly lives up to it’s name. One of it’s advantages is that it is so much better when made a day in advance, which gives it time to soak up and blend all the flavors and seasonings, making it a very convenient dish! But, the best part is really the taste. My favorite way to eat it is to drizzle some of the Killer BBQ Sauce on it. I also tend to dip whatever meat I’m eating with it into the sauce that is inevitably left over from a heapin’ helping of this “pastatality”. Mmmmmmm MMMMMMM! … I’m jonesing for it just by writing this!
Easy Peasy Cherry Crumble Cake

Easy Peasy Cherry Crumble Cake

No Memorial Day BBQ, or any type of meal for that matter, is complete without a dessert. As you might know, the Cavewoman is quite the baker. Many of her recipes take numerous ingredients and steps to achieve a fanciful fruition. But, it’s one of her easiest and quickest recipes that will compliment the backyard Q quite well this year. Her Easy Peasy Cherry Crumble Cake will have everyone thinking you took a baking course at some culinary academy when they taste this sweet slice of heaven. If you aren’t too keen on cherries, just substitute blueberries, apples, or peaches. Or, for the truly adventurous, whip up an order of Cave’s Cranberry Sauce and sub in an amount equal to the can of cherry pie filling. We gave that a go recently and man was it gooooooood!
We hope that these suggestions either help or inspire you to have a fun, festive, and flavorsome gathering. Whatever you end up planning for this Memorial Day holiday, just be sure to include as many friends and/or family as possible. They are the true ingredients to a merry and memorable time. And, please take a moment from your festivities to remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may enjoy the good times together with freedom and liberty.

©2010 Caution: Caveman Cooking/UHearMe, Inc. All rights reserved. This originally appeared on the Caution: Caveman Cooking blog at http://cavemancooking.net authored by Caveman. This may be shared and reprinted as long as this entire copyright message accompanies it.

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