A backyard favorite gets gentrified: Beef BBQ Baguette

We all know that there are certain taboo subjects if you want a peaceful family gathering: religion, politics, and...

Barbeque! Is it pork? Is it beef? Is it slow-cooked and pulled, with vinegar or without, served with cole slaw on top or on the side? Or are we talking about ribs with barbeque sauce (NOT the same thing, according to Uncle Joe!). And most crucially of all, how do you spell it??? Barbecue, barbeque, BBQ... it's a minefield! Help!

Well, if you've got some sensitive types in your family, better have a pile of straight jackets in various sizes and the number to the loony farm pre-programmed into your cell phone when you serve up this backyard behemoth. And smelling salts for Aunt Mabel: it's not even served on a bun!

You will need:

  • 1 baguette
  • oil for frying
  • 10-11 oz ground beef
  • 8 tbsp barbeque sauce
  • ½ red onion, sliced
  • ¼ cup jalapeños
  • 3.5 oz shredded cheddar
  • ½ stick soft butter
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • salt

Here's how:

  1. Cut the baguette in half in the middle and again through the center lengthwise. Heat a little oil in a pan and brown the ground beef. Add the barbeque sauce and stir until the beef is well coated. Then add the beef mixture to the bottom halves of the baguettes.
  2. Sprinkle with red onion, jalapeños, and cheese.
  3. To prepare the herb-garlic butter mix, add butter, parsley, garlic and salt in a small mixing bowl and mash the ingredients together with a fork. 
  4. Brush the butter mixture onto the closed baguettes and bake at 350 °F for 15 minutes.

When you're ready to put an end to the brawl that has broken out in your backyard, just let your guests get a whiff of that amazing garlic butter smell and peace will once again reign. The only worry you have now is if you made enough for everyone to have a second helping!


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