Cornbread BBQ Cups

Whoever said “necessity was the mother of invention” must have been looking for something to make for dinner in our house last night!  While our little weekend getaway to the beach was good for the mind and soul it was not great for our weekly meal planning or grocery shopping!  So, here it is Wednesday night and I have yet to grocery shop for the week and supplies are running low.  My mission, scour the freezer and cabinets for something to throw together for dinner that is actually edible and will not take hours to prepare…

What do former BBQ pitmasters always have in the freezer?  Frozen pulled pork BBQ of course!  That and a few ingredients from the pantry and we are all set!

Cornbread BBQ Cups:

1/2 lb prepared pulled pork BBQ (psst…if you were not BBQ caterers in a previous life you can buy prepared BBQ in your freezer aisle or deli)

Jiffy Cornbread mix, 1 egg, 1/3 cup milk

1 can Petite diced tomatoes in tomato juice

minced garlic (to taste)

a dash of of BBQ sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray’s)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Mix cornbread in a bowl according to directions and set aside.  Heat BBQ and mix in the undrained tomatoes, garlic and BBQ sauce, this will keep the BBQ from drying out and give this concoction extra flavor.  I also recommend adding corn or anything else that interests your taste buds!  Grease muffin pan and spoon in cornbread mix approximately 1/4 full.  Fill with BBQ mixture (about a tablespoon in each cup, there is no exact science here) and top with additional spoonful of cornbread mix.  Bake 15-20 minutes.  Let stand 2 minutes to cool.  Enjoy!

Overall, my family gave this dinnertime creative moment an 8/10! (Minus points because I forgot to grease the muffin pan!).  Also, there are no pictures of this creation due to the aforementioned failure to grease the pan…not pretty but tasty!

Let us know what you think!



Strawberry Hotdogs…Yes, They Are Amazing!

So here’s a quick yet fabulous idea for “gourmet” hotdogs, or at least hotdogs the kids and adults alike are guaranteed to devour like state fair eating contest champs!

Strawberry Hotdogs! Yes,  it sounds nasty when it rolls off the tongue, but one bite and I guarantee your entire family will be hooked. The mix of sweet and savory makes this easy dish an instant success!

Here’s what you need: 

All beef hotdog weiners, split top buns (preferred), strawberry jam, Swiss cheese, butter, and thick sliced maple bacon (optional, but also amazing)!

In these few simple steps your crew will be licking the jam from their plates and asking for seconds or maybe thirds! Our oldest daughter has been known to eat as many as five! 

First, fire up the grill and get those weiners cooking.  We experimented today with wrapping the beef weiners in thick sliced maple bacon, needless to say, it was a success! Next, while the meat is grilling,  lightly butter the outside of the split top buns and either toast them in the oven or add them to the grill until the outside of the bun is golden! Once toasted, add strawberry jam to the inside of the bun; it doesn’t require alot of jam otherwise they will become drippy and difficult to eat!  Once the hotdogs are done on the grill add them to the toasted and jammed bun and top with Swiss cheese!

The only thing left to do now is enjoy!