How do you celebrate birthdays in your family?! Do you do big parties with lots of presents? Do you pretend that the day does’t exist at all? In our family, it means getting together and spending some time eating and having fun together!
Recently, we got together with my mom & step-dad to celebrate my step-dads birthday which is coming up shortly! Ribs and brisket were picked as the meat of choice. I then decided that we were going to have a full-on barbecue! So, I quickly started planning the rest of the menu!
In the end, we feasted on ribs prepared by the way of Jeni Eats, brisket prepared by the way of the Iowa Beef Council, mashed potatoes & gravy, sweet corn (from our freezer), and my Sweet & Smokey Baked Beans! Of course we had to follow that up with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake! YUM! It was all so good!
We are beef people. Yes, I said it. Now, in my defense, I grew up around cattle and my dad has worked with cattle in some respect or another for most of my life! Chicken probably comes next in our arsenal of meat with Pork bringing up the rear. Now, that doesn’t mean we don’t like pork, it just typically isn’t at the top of our list.
The Meat of It
That being said, we have go through our half beef faster now than normal! The boys are growing and eating more, so most ground beef recipes require 2 lbs! Because of this we have been forced to eat other meat and try new things to make things stretch until late summer/early fall when we get our next half. Enter pork! When friends of ours gifted us with some pork I decided to try a new recipe. I tried a similar recipe with ground beef quite a few years ago, but decided to give my ground pork a spin-off of that recipe.