Monday, October 11, 2010

Lake Bluff BBQ Cookoff

20 teams – many of them long-time friends – got together this past weekend to celebrate fall and put out some of the best BBQ in Lake Bluff.

I tasted most of them and could not pick the best of the best. What kind of judge would I be? I would have declared all of them winners.

Here are two recipes for great cornbread to get you through the winter

Sweet Cornbread

• 1 cup all-purpose flour

• 1 cup yellow cornmeal

• 2/3 cup white sugar

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

• 1 egg

• 1 cup milk

• 1/3 cup vegetable oil

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray or lightly grease a 9 inch round cake pan.

2. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder. Stir in egg, milk and vegetable oil until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Here is another very southern one with ground beef and black-eyes peas:

1 lb. ground beef

1 cup canned black−eyed peas, drained

1 cup onion, chopped

3/4 cup cream−style corn

1 cup cornmeal

1/2 cup flour

1 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup cooking oil

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. Baking soda

2 jalapeno peppers, chopped

1 cup Cheddar cheese, grated

Brown meat and drain well. Break into small pieces. Add other ingredients in

order given. Mix well. Place in 13−by−9−by−2 inch pan that has been well

greased. Cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until done.

If you’re looking for a great recipe for ribs you have a year to test some out!

Bon Appetit!