Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2015 1:10 PM
Subject: Recipe Request.
Until just a few years go Weber Grills offered a free recipe booklet every year. You could request it
by calling the Weber Grill-Line at 1-800-Grill-Out. In the late '90s, one of the booklets had a delicious
recipe for Arkansas Barbecue Rice. Unfortunately, we lost that booklet during a move. We'd love to have
that recipe again and were hoping one of your readers would have it. A recent call to Weber's number
yielded no results. They apparently don't keep a record of their recipes over the years.
If there's anyone who can help, we'd be truly grateful.
I did a search just to see what I could find. Weber’s has published several barbecue cookbooks – not just
the booklet that comes with the grills – but I couldn’t find any mention of an “Arkansas Barbecue Rice”
(or “BBQ” or “Barbeque” or “Bar-B-Q”) recipe that mentioned any connection with Weber, nor could I find
any mention of an “Arkansas Barbecue Rice” recipe at all, with one exception. I did find some “BBQ Rice”
recipes, but with no mention of Arkansas or Weber. I will post this request on my site so that readers
can contribute, but it may be several weeks before it appears.
Meanwhile, that one exception was this cookbook – “BBQ Joints” by David Gelin - which has a recipe for
“Arkansas BBQ Rice”. You might want to try to locate a copy. You can get it on Amazon.com. To wit:
BBQ JOINTS; stories and secret recipes from the barbecue belt (Gibbs
Smith, 2008; distr. Raincoast, 168 pages, ISBN 978-1-4236-0218-7,
$15.95US paper covers) is by David Gelin. He has been endorsed by BBQ
and folklore specialists. These are stories from the proverbial "hole-
in-the-wall" restaurants that are off the beaten track and serve locals
only. These are the places to find great barbecues. He also has
anecdotes and histories of the joints covered – and, of course,
recipes. States covered include from Alabama to Texas, all of the
South. Sixty establishments are noted, such as five in Tennessee (Hog
Heaven, Sportsman's BBQ, Scotts BBQ, Payne's BBQ, and Three Little Pigs
BBQ). Not every place has a recipe listed. Try a North Alabama White
Sauce (mostly for chicken), Arkansas BBQ rice, a Florida cassava with
garlic sauce, or a South Carolina hash.
Ah, well, I'm a barbecue fan myself, from Mississippi near Memphis, Tennessee, and when I read about
that book "BBQ Joints" by David Gelin, I had to have it. I got the Kindle version, and here's the
Barbecued Rice recipe that's in it. This may not be exactly like the Weber recipe. It's from Woody's
Bar-B-Que in Waldenburg, Arkansas. It won the Grand Prize at the Riceland Rice Cook-Off, and First
Prize at The Arkansas Rice Festival.
Woody's Barbecued Rice
2 cups rice, uncooked
4 cups chicken broth
1 clove garlic, minced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 (14.5-ounce) can tomatoes & green chiles
8 green onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons Bar-B-Q dry rub (Preferably Woody's)
Combine ingredients in an aluminum drip pan and seal tightly with foil.
Place on center rack and cook at 350 degrees until rice is done and liquid
is absorbed (about 40 minutes) All ingredients may also be mixed together
and cooked in a rice cooker or on stovetop over medium heat. (Or on the grill. - Phaed)
Fluff and let set 5 minutes before serving
Many thanks, Phaed, I appreciate your help! This recipe looks really good, and remarkably similar.
The Weber recipe also calls for one's favorite dry barbecue rub, chicken stock, and if I remember
correctly, the bell pepper and green onions. This is a GREAT starting point and I'll use it.
By the way, I've been using Chef Paul Prudhomme's Magic Barbecue Seasoning for a couple of years,
and have turned out some amazing ribs and shoulders, even from the oven.
Thank you again.
Sent: Wednesday, November 04, 2015 8:23 PM
Subject: HP Cafeteria Smothered Steak
I love your site!
I grew up in Highland Park and going to the Highland Park Cafeteria. Reading
all about each of our presidents while waiting in line is an all to vivid
I am desperately trying to find their “Smothered Steak” recipe!
Sorry, I had no success with this one. Also, my friend Gwen did a search
earlier this year for Highland Park Cafeteria recipes, and while she found
their recipe for chicken and dumplings in a Dallas newspaper, there was no
trace of the smothered steak.
Sent: Friday, June 09, 2017 5:14 PM
Subject: Highland Park Cafeteria recipe for smothered steak. They are located in Dallas,. Tx
This is my favorite. It is very simple, just meat and gravy.
Sorry, I had no success with this. I searched for it previously, in 2015, with the same results. See: http://www.hungrybrowser.com/phaedrus/m1221M15.htm#2
I could not find a recipe, a copycat, or a tastes-like recipe for this.
From comments about this dish in reviews and on message boards, it is Southern “chicken fried steak”
under a different name. Sometimes “Swiss steak” is also called “smothered steak.” There are dozens
of recipes for both of these on the web, and for "smothered steak" as well, but since I have never
eaten Highland Park Cafeteria’s “smothered steak”, I cannot recommend a recipe as being similar to it.
Sent: Saturday, November 07, 2015 11:39 AM
Subject: Helmut's Strudel
Helmut's Strudel is the most amazing strudel ever, but it is only available
at big shows like the Southern Christmas Show held in Charlotte, NC every
November. They don't sell their products online or through any retail
outlet, and they don't do any shows near where I live, in Coral Spring,
Florida. I just drool thinking about their almond-apricot strudel, and we
used to buy several extra and stash them in our freezer after the Christmas
show each year so we could enjoy them again later. Any chance you might be
able to discover their recipe for those of us who have no access to their
Here is their website link, with a calendar of their upcoming shows through
the end of this year:
First, you want to be very careful searching the Internet for recipes for
Helmut's strudel. Many of the links that Google gives you for this appear
to be MALWARE sites.
One site that claims to have a recipe for Helmut's apple or cherry strudel
(see below for the recipe) also brought up a page that claimed that I had
a virus,and that if I left the page, my hard drive would be erased. That
sort of page is an incitement to allow the installation of malware on your
computer in the guise of checking it for viruses. DON'T FALL FOR IT. I
didn't click on any of their buttons, I just kept going "back" to leave the
page, and after I finally was able to close that page and get back on track,
my hard drive wasn't erased, and my various anti-virus and anti-malware
software showed nothing had been installed. Just stay away from that page.
If you accidentally get there, don't click on any of their buttons, just
leave the page, even if you have to close your browser to do it. The recipe
on that site is below, for what it may be worth. For attribution purposes,
the link is: /http://www.examiner.com/article/make-a-classic-austrian-pastry-at-home/
That is the only recipe that I could find that claimed to be Helmut's
Helmut's strudel is Austrian style strudel. There is a recipe for Austrian
strudel here: Serious Eats
As for almond-apricot strudel, there is a recipe here: gaaarp
There is also a good recipe for almond-apricot strudel in the book, "The Modern Baker" by Nick Malgieri.
"Helmut's Original Austrian Strudel"
4 cups high-gluten flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 lb. butter or margarine
2 cups water
2 cups fruit-flavored pie filling (apple, cherry, your choice)
Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Cut in half of the butter to
form crumbs, just as for a pie crust. Add enough water to make the mixture
of a dough consistency (add the water gradually, as all of the water may not
be needed.) Knead the mixture to a pliable, even consistency for about 10
minutes. Wrap and cover with a towel and chill for 1 hour. Form the
remaining butter into a brick shape.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll into the shape of a "cross"
or "plus sign". Place the brick of butter on top, fold all four flaps over
the butter and even out with a rolling pin into a 12x12 inch square. Return
the dough to the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Remove the dough again and roll out to a 30-inch "stick". Fold each end
toward the middle, then fold the two ends again toward the middle and repeat
a third time, making a "book." Return to refrigerator for another hour.
Repeat this process twice more. The dough may now be sliced into the size of
strudels you plan to make. Refrigerate the dough for two hours.
When ready to bake, roll out the dough into a rectangle until it's no
thicker than a pie crust. Spread pie filling over the middle. Fold each side
over the middle and make a few small cuts on the top with a knife. Place on
ungreased baking sheets. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and bake for 35-40
minutes or until a golden brown. The strudel will be crisp when it's ready
to come from the oven. Serve warm.