Monday, September 14, 2015

Week 1: Kansas City Chiefs @ Houston Texans

Kansas City came to Houston for the 2015 season opener. On the menu was BBQ beef stuffed potatoes. We already knew going into this that we would be eating a lot of barbecue and that is okay with us!

For the BBQ beef potatoes, I did some research on sauces and found that Kansas City is known for having a sauce that is tomato based with sweet, spicy, and tangy flavor profiles. I have never made my own barbecue sauce and so was very afraid of making it myself. As I was researching recipes to make my own, I stumbled across a bottled sauce that originates in Kansas City. It's called KC Masterpiece and they have all different flavor profiles. While I wanted to go with the original recipe, my family can't turn away from a good hickory smoked anything. I picked up the bottle of hickory smoked sauce and made my way home.

Below is the recipe I used and a picture of our potato. I like mine very simply made so that's what you'll see. We did have all the fixins for a baked potato but I like to let the meat be the star. Anyways, here's the recipe:

BBQ Potato

Beef (we used sirloin tip and you choose how big)
Beef Stock
KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce
1 medium onion
3 cloves garlic
Olive Oil
Black pepper
Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb spice mix
Potatoes (we used russet)
Shredded cheese
Butter (softened)
Sour Cream
Chives (chopped)
Jalapenos (optional)

-preheat oven to 350°

1. Wash potatoes cleanly. Poke holes, rub with olive oil, and wrap in aluminum foil.
2. Put potatoes into a 350° oven and let bake for 45 min-1 hr (depending on your oven).
3. Preheat cast iron skillet or oven safe skillet to medium high heat.
4. Rub beef all over with generous amounts of salt, black pepper, and Mrs. Dash garlic and herb spice mix.
5. Add about 2 tablespoons to the pan and add beef right away. Let brown, about 3 minutes.
6. Flip beef and put in oven. Beef will continue to brown and cook while in oven (about 20 minutes depending on size and preference of doneness).
7. Take beef out and let rest for about 5 minutes. Once 5 minutes is up, start to shred beef.
8. Chop onion and garlic. Add to skillet that beef was cooked in. Let soften.
9. Deglaze pan with about 3 tablespoons of beef stock (or water if you don't have stock).
10. Add half of the bottle of KC Masterpiece sauce. Stir and bring to a slow simmer.
11. Add beef and let simmer for about 5 minutes.
12. Turn off stove. Once potatoes are cooked, top potatoes with preferred fixins. Top fixins with beef and some of the sauce.
13. Enjoy your KC Beef Potato.

And that's it! While this looks like a lot of steps, this was a very simple recipe and was sooooo delicious. Unfortunately, we lost the first game, but at least we ate well!

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