Lil' Jake's Barbecue Cole Slaw
10 pounds cabbage, chopped ("The finer it's chopped, the more they like it.")
2 1/2 pounds whipped salad dressing (such as Miracle Whip)
3 cups white sugar
12 ounces dill pickle juice
2 teaspoons celery seed
White pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients in a very large container.
Yield: 15 pounds of slaw, enough for a big family reunion
Heat index: Mild
Oklahoma Joe's Bubba Sandwich
1 4- to 8-pound bone-in pork butt (Boston cut)
1/2 cup all-purpose barbecue seasoning blend
1 batch Bubba Sauce (see below)
Hamburger buns or rolls
Roll pork butt in seasoning blend, packing it on all sides and covering it completely.
In outdoor grill or smoker, cook the butt with indirect heat at 220 degrees for eight to 10 hours, or until the interior temperature reaches 165 degrees to 170 degrees.
Wrap in aluminum foil and continue cooking until interior temperature reaches 185 degrees.
Remove from heat. Pull bones and remove fat. Using hands, pull pork apart and toss with Bubba Sauce.
Place on buns with your favorite coleslaw, and dress with more Bubba Sauce.
Heat index: Medium
Oklahoma Joe's Bubba Sauce
1 cup water
2/3 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup tomato puree
1 tablespoon finely ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chile powder mix
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Mix all ingredients and shake thoroughly.
Yield: 2 cups
Heat index: Hot
Gates Bar-B-Q Spicy Deviled Eggs
6 hard-boiled large eggs
1 green onion, chopped fine
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon minced parsley
2 sweet gherkin pickles, chopped fine
1/2 teaspoon Dijon or spicy brown mustard
1/2 teaspoon Gates All-Purpose Seasoning
Peel and halve eggs lengthwise
Place one egg yolk in a small bowl, discard remaining yolks. With fork, mash the yolk, then add four of the egg white halves and mash them.
Mix onion, mayonnaise, pickles, mustard and seasoning.
Mound the mixture into the remaining egg white halves, dividing evenly. Garnish with parsley sprig. Cover loosely and refrigerate until ready to serve.
When serving, sprinkle with Gates seasoning to taste.
Yield: eight halves
Heat index: Medium to hot
B.B.'s Lawnside Bar-B.Q. Pit Beans
1 No. 10 can pork and beans
1/4 cup molasses
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/4 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground clove
1/8 cup Liquid Smoke
1 cup B.B.'s hot barbecue sauce
2 cups B.B.'s mild barbecue sauce
1 green pepper, chopped
1 small onion, diced
1/4 pound chopped brisket ends
Drain half of the liquid from the can of beans.
Empty beans and remaining ingredients into oven-safe pan, mixing well.
Bake in oven at 350 degrees for one hour.
Yield: about one gallon
Heat index: Medium to hot
Recipes courtesy Chile Pepper Magazine.