Do you like cooking for a crowd?
I do. And that’s exactly what Iâ€™m about to get to work on in just a few minutes.
Each spring for about the past 15 years or so, we’ve been making a batch of homemade barbecues for a 100 or so people who belong to a group that Therese and I support. The recipe I use is tried and true. I call it Auntie Helen’s Barbecues, because it was given to me by my late aunt, Helen Tiedeman, who was the head cook at our Catholic school when I was growing up.
The barbecues were a hot lunch favorite of all the kids. Over the years, Iâ€™ve shared the recipe with friends, relatives and Herald readers. No one has been disappointed.
While Auntie Helen’s Barbecues are great, I realize there are a lot of other barbecue or “Sloppy Joe” recipes out there that are pretty good. I can think of a couple right off the top of my head. The Sloppy Joes that are served at The Kegs drive-in in Grand Forks have a lot of fans, and I’m one of them. Also, one of my friends has his momâ€™s recipe that contains chicken gumbo soup, which ranks right up there, too.
While I don’t have those two aforementioned recipes, here is my aunt’s along with another that was shared with me recently that looks pretty tasty.
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 small onion, chopped
Â½ red or green bell pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey
Â½ cup each: ketchup, water
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Â½ teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
4 kaiser rolls, toasted
Heat oil in medium skillet.
Add onion and pepper; cook until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute.
Add beef; cook, breaking up pieces, until browned and crumbled, 4 minutes.
Mix in ketchup, water, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper to taste; simmer until flavors are blended, 15 minutes. Serve on rolls.
Yield: Serves 4.
Approximate nutritional analysis per serving: 415 calories, 31 percent of calories from fat, 14 grams fat (4 grams saturated), 69 milligrams cholesterol, 42 grams carbohydrates, 28 grams protein, 1,087 milligrams sodium, 2 grams fiber.
Auntie Helenâ€™s Barbecues
6 pounds of ground beef
1 package flaked onions
1 25 ounce-can cream of mushroom soup
Â½ gallon of ketchup
Â½ stalk of celery, diced, precooked
2 tablespoons mustard
Â¼ cup of vinegar
Barbecue spice, to taste
Â½ cup of brown sugar
Mix all of ingredients and cook for about 2 hours
Yield: Serves 50.