Welcome!


This is a membership forum. As a guest, you can click around a bit. View 3 pages for free.

[ Lost Username or Password | Pitmaster Club Information, | Join 30 Days Free | Contact Us ]

There are 2 page views remaining.

Meat-Up in Memphis

T-Shirts & More T-Shirts & More
Order men's and women's T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Aprons, Mugs, Caps, Tote Bags, Flasks, and more, all imprinted with the Pitmaster Club logo. There's even a spiral bound journal where you can make notes on your cooks.

Cool Embroidered Shirt Cool Embroidered Shirt
This beautifully embroidered shirt is the same one Meathead wears in public and on TV. It's wash and wear and doesn't need ironing (really!), but it is a soft cottonlike feel. Choice of four colors and both men's and women's.

Click here for more info.

Support ARC

Many merchants pay us a small referral fee when you click our links and purchase from them. On Amazon it works on everything from grills to diapers, they never tell us what you bought, and it has zero impact on the price you pay, but has a major impact on our ability to improve this site! And remember, we only recommend products we love. If you like AmazingRibs.com, please save this link and use it every time you go to Amazon.

https://tinyurl.com/amazingribs

BBQ Stars

SPOTLIGHT

Some Of Our Favorite
Tools And Toys

These are not ads. These are products we love and highly recommend. Click here to read more about our medals and what they mean.

 


Placeholder

Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.

Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts


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

maverick PT55 thermometer

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!

Click here for more info on the Maverick PT-55 Waterproof Instant-Read Thermometer Review shown above. It may be the best value in a thermometer out there


If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow 'N' Sear

slow n sear

The Slow 'N' Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.

Click here for our article on this breakthrough tool


Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

the good one grill

The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Click here to read our complete review


The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

the good one grill

The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

Click here to read our complete review


Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order


Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only 9 delivered to your door!

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them


The Swiss Army Knife Of Thermometers

Placeholder

The smart folks at ThermoWorks have finally done it: The Swiss Army Knife of thermometers, two in one. Start with the industry standard food thermometer, the Thermapen MK4, (Platinum Medal winner) truly instant (2 to 3 seconds) precise (+ or – 0.7°F). Then they built in an infrared thermometer ideal for measuring the temps of pizza stones, griddles, and frying pans (also great for finding leaks around doors and windows in your house).

Click here to read our test results and comprehensive review and why it won our Platinum Medal.


Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

Placeholder

Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order


The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

NK-22-Ck Grill

Their 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.

Click here for more about what makes this grill special


Placeholder

G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

Click here to read our detailed review

Click here to order from Amazon


GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

grill grates

GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

Click here for more about what makes these grates so special


kareubequ bbq smoker

Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

Click here for our review of this superb smoker


Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

masterbuilt gas smoker

The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

Click here to read our detailed review


Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

masterbuilt gas smoker

Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order


PK 360 grill

Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

Click here to order it direct from PK and get a special deal for AmazingRibs.com readers only


Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

fireboard bbq thermometer

With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

Click here to read our detailed review


Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

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.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order

Announcement

Collapse

Meat-Up in Memphis 2020

Join us in Memphis for our Meat-Up! Click here for details. (https://amazingribs.com/memphis2020)
See more
See less

Looking for a Great Cowboy Caviar Recipe

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Top | #1

    Looking for a Great Cowboy Caviar Recipe

    Who doesn't love Cowboy Caviar? There are a lot different ways to make it. There's one on The Pit offered by our much-missed Steve Markley.

    But I'm sure there are other really great recipes out there. The ones I like have both black beans and black eyed peas in the mix. But I'm open to any mix of ingredients for this delectable concoction.

    Recipes or recipe links (that you know are delicious) would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Kathryn

  • Top | #2
    Mine's about the same as your example.
    I call it Cowboy Hunter Caviar, mostly cause I hunt around the pantry to see what's in stock and go from there so its usually never the same twice.
    Like you I try more than one type of bean or pea, my wife especially likes chick peas in it
    I take away: cumin and no oil and frozen corn. If I've grilled fresh corn that's a different story.
    I add: 1 envelope garlic and herb salad dressing mix, chopped cilantro, diced roma tomato.

    Comment


    • fzxdoc
      fzxdoc commented
      Editing a comment
      I like the "hunting and gathering" vibe of your recipe, smokin fool . Thanks!

      Kathryn

  • Top | #3
    I'll be watchin'.

    Comment


    • Top | #4
      Thanks for posting. I meant to steal some ideas from Steve, and totally forgot until now.

      Here is what I usually throw together

      3 cans of beans (a mix - I usually use cannelloni, dark red kidney, and black)
      1 green pepper
      1 red pepper (orange, yellow, or etc)
      can of green giant niblets or mexicorn
      1/2 large red onion
      2 to 4 cloves of garlic
      2 jalapeños (finely chopped)
      cilantro chopped
      Vinaigrette or store bought Italian dressing

      Drain and rinse the beans. Drain the corn. Dice the peppers and onion. Deseed and finely dice the jalapeño peppers. Crush the garlic. Add everything together and mix with a homemade vinaigrette or Italian dressing. I usually add (freshly) ground black pepper, but don't add salt. I serve with tortilla chips, but have been known to eat the left overs like a salad. Might be this version, and also a hot version with lime and cumin for my more adventurous guests.
      Last edited by djl; June 13th, 2019, 08:30 PM.

      Comment


      • fzxdoc
        fzxdoc commented
        Editing a comment
        Sounds delicious. Thanks, djl .

        Kathryn

      • Texas Larry
        Texas Larry commented
        Editing a comment
        Gotta be black eyed peas in it or it doesn’t qualify down here!🤣

      • djl
        djl commented
        Editing a comment
        What'd ya expect from a yank!

        Right I actually substituted out the back eyed peas once (didn't have them) and the wife. (She is yankee too) liked it better that way. It has now become the standard here. Usually I am smart enough not call it Texas Caviar. Momentary lapse of reason. Use 2 cans of black-eyed peas and 1 can of black. Also put the tomatoes back in too!
        Last edited by djl; June 23rd, 2019, 09:04 AM.

    • Top | #5
      Lady you got me wondering what cowboy caviar was so I did a Bing search and came up with dozens and dozens of recipes.

      Here is an interesting one that has avocado in it https://www.delish.com/cooking/recip...caviar-recipe/

      Here is a pretty straight forward one they say is from Oklahoma https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/...caviar-3757671

      You can go here and find a whole bunch more. https://www.bing.com/search?q=cowboy...02c861427a5c43

      Comment


      • Elton's BBQ
        Elton's BBQ commented
        Editing a comment
        Thanks for the links!

      • fzxdoc
        fzxdoc commented
        Editing a comment
        Thanks for the links, mountainsmoker . I'll work my way through them. I'm hoping, in addition, for members here to give their recipes. Nothing like a good TNT (tried 'n true) recipe from a home cook for comfort food such as this.

        BTW following one link I found a Chile and Lime Texas Caviar recipe that looks pretty tasty: https://cafedelites.com/chili-lime-texas-caviar/

        Kathryn

    • Top | #6
      Three things that elevate this dish:
      1. Diced avocado
      2. Diced poblanos instead of green peppers
      3. Fry you own tortilla chips if using as a dip.
      Last edited by Bkhuna; June 14th, 2019, 03:15 AM.

      Comment


      • fzxdoc
        fzxdoc commented
        Editing a comment
        I like the idea of the poblanos tossed in there. Avocado added at the end is a great idea too. Yum. I may fry up some tortilla chips just in anticipation of making a version with your suggestions. Thanks, Bkhuna .

        Kathryn

      • smokin fool
        smokin fool commented
        Editing a comment
        Can't believe I've never thought of adding Avocado!!!!
        To clarify my take on making this I don't put any of the hot peppers other have mentioned, the sissies here don't like them.

    • Top | #7
      smokin fool Poblanos aren't hot. YMMV.

      Comment


      • smokin fool
        smokin fool commented
        Editing a comment
        I did not know that, I have no experience with some of the peppers talked about on this site because they're just not available up here.
        Thank you

      • Mr. Bones
        Mr. Bones commented
        Editing a comment
        smokin fool Poblanos weigh in at ~ bout half as hot as a jalapeño, fyi...very nice flavour added to many dishes, vs green bell peppers...

      • smokin fool
        smokin fool commented
        Editing a comment
        I would love to find these and give em a try, again like cuts of meat you guys take for granted local grocery stores don't carry them.
        I'm going to have widen my search area.
        ….sigh....

    • Top | #8
      Not a recipe, but a while back Costco was selling tubs of this a while back. Took a flier on it, and it was really good. I know homemade is always better, but if you ever get jammed up on time for a side (or lazy like me lol), you could do worse.

      The Costco angle just reminded me of a funny story... I’ll not hijack your thread, but it’s worth the chuckle if you happen to see it in Recent Posts.

      Comment


      • Top | #9
        I’ve never heard of Cowboy Caviar.

        i made a lobster salad that has the same concept.

        So its basically a salsa with beans right? Scoopable so not too wet?

        Comment


        • Top | #10
          You got it, HouseHomey , a scoopable, not too wet salsa. That's why I put my query in the Salsa channel, although it could have fit in other Channels as well. Try it. You'll like it!

          Kathryn

          Comment


          • Top | #11
            Here is the recipe I always make and everyone loves it. Sorry I didn’t see this sooner.
            Attached Files

            Comment


            • fzxdoc
              fzxdoc commented
              Editing a comment
              Looks really delicious. Thanks, tamidw !

              Kathryn

          • Top | #12
            HouseHomey don’t feel bad I had to look it up to!!!!! Never heard of it but you can bet your bottom dollar I’m gonna try it it sounds awesome

            Comment


            • Top | #13
              I got turned off of Cowboy Caviar years ago, because a friend used to make it so it was way too dry and mealy for my taste. Unfortunately, she brought it to pretty much every party and potluck we both attended and urged it on all the guests, including me. I had to learn how to politely avoid eating it all the while agreeing with her that "yes, I just had a bite and it is wonderful, but, thanks, I've had enough for now."

              She cornered me again recently in such a way that I had to eat a bite of her latest batch or risk offending her. She's my besty and would walk through fire for me, so the least I could do is eat a bite of her Caviar. Thankfully it was a lot better this time -- more crunchy veggies and seasonings to balance out the beans.

              But until this latest bite, I had zero interest making this concoction, so I don't have a recipe to offer. I'm reading this thread with the hope that I can learn the secrets of making this dish well from y'all.

              Comment


              • fzxdoc
                fzxdoc commented
                Editing a comment
                It's a pretty tasty side when you nail the recipe, IMO. Give it a try!

                Kathryn

              • IowaGirl
                IowaGirl commented
                Editing a comment
                Here's to hoping I'll find the holy grail of Cowboy Caviar if I keep reading this thread!
            Working...
            X