When I carve out time to cook an involved or slow-cook recipe at home, I often double it and freeze at least half in manageable portions, clearly marked with instructions to reheat them. These meals are perfect for evenings when I don’t feel like making dinner or for delivering to friends, new parents for example, as a thoughtful gift.
That in mind, our Burgers’ Smokehouse Kansas City BBQ Sampler is a great gift by itself, but I like the idea of delivering four different meals to friends or keeping them for yourself for a night you want to give yourself the increasingly-rare treat of a home-cooked meal, but don’t have the time. Here are some “second-round” meal ideas that you could certainly make with your own leftovers, but the BBQ package makes having a perfectly portioned meal so easy, delicious and affordable.
Here are a handful of recipe ideas:
BBQ Chicken and Grain Salad
3c. cooked grains, 1c. black or pinto beans, 1c. leftover corn cut from the cob or other roasted vegetable plus one pound of BBQ chicken, toss together with a squeeze of lime juice. To serve, place grain salad in serving bowls. Top each bowl evenly with chicken, cheese (queso fresco, shredded cheddar cheese, your call!), avocado, jalapeño if using, cilantro, green onion. Serve immediately, passing tortilla chips and sour cream. This is a great recipe for leftover grains and rice. If you’re making the grains just for this purpose, when cooked grains are hot, dress with herbs, lemon juice and salt with a drizzle of olive oil if you want.
BBQ Pork Carolina Style Sandwiches (Coleslaw Recipe)
Make it easy and buy a package of prepped coleslaw mix, or shave garden bumper crop cabbage, but this recipe couldn’t be easier! For a prepped bag: in a large bowl mix a 1/2 c. mayo, a diced shallot, one tablespoon honey mustard (or half and half Dijon mustard and honey), 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon celery salt or 1/2 t regular salt, if you’re not a celery fan. Add in coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage, toss together and enjoy! Best made at least 2 hours ahead.
Reheat as much pulled pork for as many sandwiches as you’re making according to the instructions on the package — they microwave beautifully. Top kaiser rolls or brioche buns with the pork and then coleslaw, pickled jalapeños optional. These are great leftover because they can be tossed together in no time, the shredded pork and coleslaw keep separately for several days.
BBQ Ribs (Ramen Recipe)
Fry whole spices in oil (picking two, thinking coriander, cinnamon, star anise, cardamom or lemongrass) until they become fragrant then add sliced onions and stock, homemade or a quart carton. Let it simmer until the flavor is infused in the broth about 20 minutes to an hour. Add a splash of soy sauce, fish sauce, rice vinegar and/or lime juice to give it a little interest.
Prepare all your toppings while the broth simmers. Shaved carrots can be left raw and the hot broth will soften them as they sit, the crunch until this happens is pleasant. Try soft boiling eggs by adding cold eggs to an inch of boiling water, covering and lowering the heat to let them simmer for six minutes. They will continue cooking as they sit hot, but do rinse them some and don’t leave in hot water or they will be hard boiled.
Leftover roasted vegetables are great here, as are pickled vegetables of almost any variety! Obviously pickled onions and kimchee top the list, but jalapeños and sauerkraut would not be bad. Add noodles to cook, serve in bowls arranging toppings and ladling broth over top. Garnish with cilantro, sliced green onion and a drizzle of sesame oil if desired.
Breakfast taco on a flour tortilla with soft scrambled eggs, reheated brisket and store bought pico de gallo with a jar of spicy salsa verde is a fabulous treat to pack for an early hike or to bring to coworkers. Tacos wrapped hot in foil will be safe to eat for up to four hours.
Imagine a picnic lunch at the park with some brisket taquitos on corn tortillas, with crispy radishes, cilantro and avocado with tomato salsa on the side.
Find the Kansas City BBQ Sampler and much more online at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store’s online store, shop.crackerbarrel.com!