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  • RonB
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    • Apr 2016
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    Cheatin'

    Mr. Bones recent post on fixin' up a frozen burrito reminded me that I occasionally cheat in a similar way. So I thought it might be a good idea to start a thread where people can post stuff they buy ready made and then add stuff to to make it better. I'll start with a quicky that has been a hit wherever I take it.

    Ingredients:

    1 pkg of either red beans and rice or black beans and rice - I use Zatarans.
    1/3 package of breakfast sausage in a tube - I use Jimmy Dean's Hot, (1 lb package)

    Directions:

    Crumble the sausage and brown in a pot the box of red beans and rice will fit in.
    Following the directions on the box, add the red beans and rice with the sausage and cook.

    Eat...

    Please don't sub link sausage the first time you try this. I had a friend at work get upset because her version was not the same as mine. She subbed Italian links for the sausage...
  • Troutman
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    #2
    Honestly I wouldn’t consider that cheatin’. Cheatin’ is making it then claiming it. That sounds tasty.

    I don’t eat a lot of packaged or prepared food, like to keep it fresh. But one thing I do like is Uncle Bens long grain and wild rice made with chicken livers stuffed into a chicken cavity. Been doin’ that for years.

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    • bardsleyque
      bardsleyque commented
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      it aint cheatin if it's the only way you know!
  • klflowers
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    • Sep 2015
    • 3214
    • Tennessee

    #3
    I like the Zatarans too, only I use Conuecuh smoked sausage links, the spicy one.

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    • FireMan
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      • Jul 2015
      • 7674
      • Bottom of Winnebago

      #4
      I mix Wheat Chex with Cheerios & put blueberries n honey once in awhile & call it breakfast. Again, only once in awhile, every 2 or 3 weeks. Nobody sees it though.

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      • Old Glory
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        #5
        I saute ground beef then take a good jarred sauce add red wine and and simmer for an hour until super tender. I finish with fresh mushrooms. Put over pasta.

        My kids call it Daddy's Famous Pasta.

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        • Tax Man
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          • Jul 2017
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          • Minnesota

          #6
          Spam sliced about 1/2 inch thick, crisped up on the grill on a toasted bun with red pepper aioli and deep fried breaded shrimp on top. Surf and turf baby!

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          • NapMaster
            NapMaster commented
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            I hope I can find your recipe again. That sounds outstanding. Spam and swimp. Dude!!!

          • JCGrill
            JCGrill commented
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            Spoken like a true Minnesotan. Love me some Spam. Wish I could get SWMBO to eat it.
        • Mr. Bones
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          #7
          Lovin where this is goin!

          Show us yer Timesavers / 'Cheats'!

          Ain't thing one with makin Blue Box Mac n Cheese, vs hand-extruded, exotic, imported semolina, mixed with free-range, imported cheese, fer everyday fare...

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          • Bkhuna
            Bkhuna commented
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            Cracker Barrel mac & cheese is pretty good. I make a pot and add diced SPAM or canned tuna.
        • Steve R.
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          • Jul 2016
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          #8
          If you ain't cheating you ain't trying!

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          • Mr. Bones
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              Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
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              Weber 26.75, $199 NFM clearance !!!
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              Good One Open Range, (FREE), Monthly Prize from AR giveaway!!!!



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              *********************************************
              Ol' Skool Bi-metal probe pocket thermo, that has checked / served ~ 1,000,000 meals in my possession, easily...
              Maverick ET-732, (Black)
              Thermopops, (Red, Yellow, Green)
              ThermaPen Mk4 (Black), THANKS!!! to jgjeske1
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              BBQ Vortex, 2 Hovergrills, Top Deck
              Warming shelf
              MyWeigh KD-8000Kitchen Scale
              Backyard Grill marinade injector
              Acoustic Guitars/Electric Guitars/Basses/1928 National Duolian/Harmonicas/Banjo Washboard, Spoons, kazoos, pocket comb with wax paper, egg shakers ;-)
              Bear Paws
              Meat Rakes
              BBQ Dragon/Chimley of Insanity, Dragon Wing Shelves (x2 ea.)



              Cookware:
              Probably a ton of cast iron, mostly very old...still cookin'
              G'Ma's Piqua skillet, :-)( They went out of business in 1934~)
              '60's Revere Ware (Mom's), + others found elsewhere
              60's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (Mom's) Daily driver
              50's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (G'Ma's), for a backup! ;-)
              Carpy Wally World stock pots, in approx 2 gal/3gal sizes, blue speckledty-porcelain enameled
              Tramontina 6.5 qt Dutch Oven

              Cutlery, etc.:
              Shi*-ton of kitchen/chef knives, most sharper than my straight-razors are. (Better steel!) Chicago Cutlery, Old Hickory, various, including some nice German stuff ;-)
              Dexter 12" slicing knife, 6" Sani-Safe boning knife
              Smith's Tri-Hone Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System
              Multiple steels, from all over the planet
              Crock sticks
              Diamond stones, various
              Lansky Sharpening System

              Tableware
              Daily driver:Washington Forge Mardi Gras, Navy / Cobalt Blue
              Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
              Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

            #9
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            Tip of th Hat to RonB
            I don't have no Zatarain's, at present...try th Odom's TN Pride Sausage, see what ya think
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            Like Troutman said, I don't do this a lot, but sometimes, I jus wanna eat, an go to beddy-bye...

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            • JimLinebarger
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              #10
              I agree with the wisdom of Mr. Troutman . The idea of "cheating" would mean that there was only one way in making any dish/recipe. If you take 10 people that have made the same name dish, you will get 20+ different variations to it. If the math does not look right, check out how many of them add variations and/or substitutions to their recipe. We personally try to stay away from processed food because of all the "extrees" they add to it (you know, the stuff that cracks yer chromosomes and makes ya have 3 legged babies). But we still buy some things because of convenience. Besides, some of the stuff that will kill ya tastes so dang good.

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              • Huskee
                Huskee commented
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                You know what they say, even health nuts die of something. Or as Jerry Seinfeld said, 'health nuts will feel silly one day lying in a hospital bed dying of nothing.' Sometimes ya just gotta enjoy the good stuff!
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              #11
              I like to take sausage rolls, (Jimmy Dean or Bob Evans, etc) like Mr Bones posted above, and unwrap them whole, roll it in brown sugar all over including ends, and smoke indirectly up to 160. Takes about 90 mins give or take, at 325ish. Slice & serve. You won't want to fry the patties again!

              Another 'prepared foods' recipe we like is take a raw sausage roll and bust it up and brown it up in the skillet until cooked.
              Add 1/2C heavy whipping cream and 1/2C chicken stock.
              Reduce heat and simmer to thicken slightly.
              Add a small can of diced tomatoes w/ green chilis.
              Stir & simmer some more until the thickness is where you want it.
              Then either add over pasta or use as a burrito filling with some shredded cheese & sour cream (can use less liquid if using for burritos). YUMM!

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              • CaptainMike
                CaptainMike commented
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                Yeah, you got us hooked on your rolled fatty. Sooper easy, sooper tasty, and sooper fun.

              • Mudkat
                Mudkat commented
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                That sounds sloppy good!

              • Huskee
                Huskee commented
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                Troutman well yeah I suppose, but I feel like it's cheating. Not really a truly homemade offering.
            • THE Humble Texan
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              • Oct 2017
              • 171

              #12
              If anyone knows how to "cheat" and make Campbell's Pork n Beans from scratch, I'm still looking for that one. I bought a recipe one time that was supposed to be CPB and it was not even close. Such would really be cheating.

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              • Backroadmeats
                Backroadmeats commented
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                I made a post a while ago about canning pork and beans..I think it is pretty darn close.. I use pork sausage and bacon. I did have to add a cup of maple syrup to get it where I wanted it..

              • JCGrill
                JCGrill commented
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                You know what I think is funny about this? This thread is essentially about doctoring up off the shelf foods. When I was a kid and you wanted to make baked beans you took pork and beans and doctored them up. Now we want to reproduce the original.
            • Troutman
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              #13
              Here are the ingredients to Campbell's Pork and Beans;

              INGREDIENTS: WATER, PEA BEANS, PORK STOCK, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SUGAR, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF: MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, SALT, TOMATO PUREE (WATER, TOMATO PASTE), DISTILLED VINEGAR, PORK, PORK FAT, PAPRIKA EXTRACT, BEEF EXTRACT, NATURAL SMOKE FLAVORING, FLAVORING, ONION EXTRACT.MAY CONTAINS TRACES OF WHEAT.

              I suspect the reason (well I KNOW the reason) they taste so good is the amount of sugar they add. Hell pork isn't even mentioned until the 10th item. I'm sure salt also has a lot to do with the umai feel to the palate.

              I can tell you as a kid I sure loved eating those, haven't done so in years. If you're trying to make it yourself just load it up with sugar

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              • fttank
                Club Member
                • Dec 2016
                • 227
                • Huntington Beach, CA

                #14
                OK I'll play:

                #10 can of B&M Original Baked Beans
                1 pound bacon chopped
                4 medium onions. quartered and sliced
                2 cups ketchup
                4 tablespoonfuls yellow mustard
                2 cups loose packed brown sugar

                Mix all the ingredients together and place in a dutch oven. Bake at 350 uncovered for an hour and a half stirring frequently.

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                • Mudkat
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                  #15
                  I cheated to get my kids in college. 😛

                  Lately, my "homemade" bbq sauce has been Sweet Baby Ray's original with a few chipotle peppers and a few spoonfuls of adobe sauce.

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                  Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

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                  A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

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                  Track Up To Six Temperatures At Once

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                  FireBoard Drive 2 is an updated version of a well-received product that sets the standard for performance and functionality in the wireless food thermometer/thermostatic controller class.

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                  The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

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                  Napoleon's NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

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                  Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

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                  Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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