Last week my wife and I ate meatloaf, all week long. Such a feet is hardly desirable yet when you are only working on a food budget of $50.00 a week and you are still trying to keep two people healthy enough to go to work, stretching you food out for as long as possible. We spent $10.00 on 6 pounds of ground beef. We already had tomato sauce, and dried onions in our inventory as well as BBQ sauce, rolled oats, flower, and eggs. As a result Kansa and I only had to spend $10.00 of our weekly food budget for 5 meals each. In other words this meatloaf broke down to $1.00 a serving and it is much healthier than going to a fast food joint for some dollar menu idem that is all filler. Besides, even the poorest of the poor deserve to treat ourselves once in a while. Growing up in Belfast I was sure the I had my fill of Corned Beef just like and American child goes through a time when they want nothing to do with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But here in America Corned Beef only seems to be on sale on Saint Patrick’s Day , so my wife and I save our money for a treat. Although I don’t agree with the implications of the feast day, I am proud of my heritage and I forget about the graves that were dug in Christ’s Name by the man that the day remembers, and thank God for a family that thought my to never take no as an answer.
So in the good old American tradition. This week I have been smoking a 10 pound corned beef brisket for the past 6 hours. Outdoor cooking cuts down on your utility bill, which puts more money into other bills such as green beer or if you want to truly be a proud Irishman you can get some bills paid off and put more money into your quality of life. Like most people in today’s America Kansa and I live paycheck to paycheck and work as often as we can. The recipes that I come up with to keep our costs down are being collected and put into a cook book that will be published and sold on my Authors page when it is completed. But for now the core temperature of the 200° F so the meat is falling apart. But you want the flame to be low and the smoke to be cooking the brisket at about 75° otherwise the outside would burn long before you reach your core temp. You must keep turning the meat every 2 hours for about 10 hours.
My wife and I like to eat the corned beef wife scalloped potatoes and brown gravy. Happy Patty’s Day. After the sun sets on Patrick’s feast day, we use the left over for our lunch at work.
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