Burgers’ Smokehouse box o’ mystery meat
Last night was officially Round One of wedding dress shopping with bride-to-be Steffie. Have I told you that I am in two wedding parties next year? I love weddings, but the stress of getting to the wedding is not exactly a barrel full of monkey’s worth of fun. I thankfully only have to worry about assisting Steffie as Jen is across the country; I just have to show up in a pre-approved dress. For Steffie, I’m in charge of pulling off The Best Hen Weekend Ever. Not an easy feat, as we’ve decided on July – the height of tourist season – to do this. It’s become a battle between San Diego and San Luis Obispo, as well, so we’ll see how it goes.
Steffie may not have found the perfect “10″ of a dress last night, but I found my dress – sort of. The store did not have my size or the correct color, so I’ll double check at another store for at least my size before ordering it. The picture I nabbed from the website doesn’t do the dress justice, but you get the basic idea.
Are you guys into weddings? How many weddings, if any, have you been a party to? I used to be one of those lunatics who romanticized the “Big” Wedding with everyone they ever said hello to attending and lots of bells and whistles. Being older, wiser, and witness to the stress and money that goes into planning a wedding, I now find myself thinking, “Hm. A small wedding is a really good idea.”
I know what you’re thinking; enough wedding talk, Rachael, you’re becoming as obnoxious as That One Obnoxious Friend on Facebook! No, I refuse to turn into one of those people. The moment I turn into a play-by-play, soppy matrimonial mess, you all have my permission to publicly flog me.
So let’s get this hoedown a stompin’.
Firstly, Burgers’ Smokehouse in a nutshell: Established in 1952, Burgers’ Smokehouse provides meticulously prepared specialty foods with the convenience of door-to-door delivery.
Burgers’ Smokehouse pitched me to try a sample of their line of meat – and really, when am I ever one to turn down a big ass box of smoked meat? From a reputable source, I mean. Not just some bum off the street. Come on now, I have standards.
The picture at the top does not really do Burgers’ Smokehouse justice; that sucker was huge and heavy and chilly! The meat was packed in special freezer packs and styrofoam to ensure freshness. Quickly, I tore into box o’ mystery meat and this what was inside:
Five pounds of glorious Burgers’ Smokehouse MEAT!
Now, as this was only one week ago you bet your brown Betty I have not eaten even half of that meaty bounty. I did, however, have an opportunity to have a li’l mini BBQ hoedown on Saturday with my friend Manik. Deciding life is too short to not eat my favorite foods in life, I chose to serve the Applewood Smoked Bacon and the Signature Sauced Baby Pork Ribs.
Now, let me pull you aside and tell you something. Aside from bacon, I rarely work with pork. Why? Because I can’t get it right. EVER. Pork is the one meat which continues to elude my otherwise illustrious culinary skills. So when I discovered that Burgers’ Smokehouse pork ribs are not only pre-seasoned and pre-sauced, but already smoked and cooked, well, happy days, I poured myself a glass of win and kicked back. All that was required of me was a preheated oven, scraping excess sauce out of the vacuum sealed packaging and rigging up the ribs on a foil covered cookie sheet while covering it with more foil to vent. That’s it.
The ribs came out moist, juicy, saucy and fall off the bone supple. I have no shame admitting that the entire hoedown went back for thirds.
Burgers’ Smokehouse Sauced Baby Back Pork Ribs
Feeling a twinge of guilt for only serving pork ribs, my homemade cornbread and knowing I’d be incorporating bacon into the mix somehow, I decided to cut our arteries a wee bit of slack and go with a vegetable. Manik, of course, remained wary but I assured him that he would love whatever I came up with. Or else.
Thankfully no harm came to him as my Bacon and Apple Sautéed Brussels Sprouts were a huge hit and the first side dish to run out! Alas, due to the Zombie Apocalypse Weather, the lighting was too awful for pictures. However, here is the long and short of my recipe:
1 package of frozen brussels sprouts
6 slices of Burgers’ Smokehouse Applewood Smoked Bacon
1 apple, cored/stem removed and cut into bite sized pieces
1 tablespoon butter
Remove from heat, serve and go back for seconds.
While I still have a whole other rack of pork ribs and another two packages of bacon to get through (don’t worry; I called for reinforcement eaters!), after my hoedown I can safely recommend Burgers’ Smokehouse for any of your hoedown, BBQ, party or holiday meal needs. Don’t just chock Burgers’ Smokehouse to be all about the pork, either. Seafood, cheese, fowl, beef and desserts are there for the discerning eye. Other Burgers’ Smokehouse products that have caught my eye include:
Hm. Looks like my adventures with Burgers’ Smokehouse is just getting started.
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FTC Disclosure: The vittles were on the house, but all wording & opinions remain my own!