CAPTION: Oven-Barbecued Chicken
By Kevin Williams
Okay, the Amish will use the word "barbecue" in a very broad sense, not the narrow sense in which you have people smoking meat for hours in an expensive grill. So, using our broad definition, here are at least 5 awesome Amish barbecuing recipes
The first one comes from an Amish woman in Oklahoma (where homemade barbecue sauces and barbecuing is more popular than other Amish communities). She doesn't even a formal recipe, just a short written set of instructions for Oven-Baked Barbecue Chicken.
OVEN-BAKED BARBECUE CHICKEN: Preheat oven to 350. Roll chicken and place single layer in a pan sprayed with cooking spray. Top chicken with butter pats, salt, and pepper. Cover with foil and bake for 1 1 /2 hours. Drain juice from pan. Cover chicken with barbecue sauce (see recipe link below) and bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
Ha, this next recipe made me laugh, I think a barbecue purist would gag at this, but it doesn't sound bad!
AMANDA GINGERICH'S BABRBECUE CHIP CHICKEN
1 bag barbecue potato chips, crushed
3 tablespoons Parmesean cheese
1 /2 cup flour
Mix together everything but the chicen. Dip chicken into crumbs and bake at 350 for 45 minutes, more or less depending on thickness of chicken. There is no need to drip chicken in oil or milk, the chips have enough grease on them.
This next recipe is a fun-sounding one for the home "barbecue" enthusiast, a stove-top barbecue chicken.
Related recipe: Mennonite Coca-Cola Chicken
- 1 cup cola (Pepsi, Coke, or RC)
- 1 cup ketchup
- 3 or 4 boneless chicken breasts (any type of chicken piece will do, with or without bone)
- Pour cola and ketchup in frying pan.
- Stir and bring to a boil.
- Add meat in pan, turn heat low and simmer 1 hour.
- Check and turn after 30 minutes.
Barbecued meatballs are among the most popular recipes in Amish and Mennonite homes. This is a recipe if you are having a HUGE crowd. If you aren't having a huge crowd but are still wanting barbecue meatballs, try this Amish recipe for a smaller quantity.
- 45 pounds ground beef
- 15 5 ounce cans of evaporated milk
- 7 1 /2 quarts quick oats
- 7 cups chopped onions
- 10 tablespoons salt
- 3 1 /2 teaspoons pepper
- 30 eggs.
- 7 1 /2 quarts catsup
- 4 quarts brown sugar
- 5 tablespoons liquid smoke
- 7 cups onions (optional)
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Shape into 1 1 /2 to 2-inch balls.
- Put on cookie sheets to prebake.
- Fix 2 layers of 45 balls to each layer (90 meatballs to a roaster).
- Pour 4 cups sauce over top and bake at 350 for 1 hour.
- Makes approximately 630 balls and fills 7 roasters and serves 300 people.
This is a delicious hamburger dish that Amish cook Freda Yoder likes to make. She says she puts these into the oven while at Bible school or Sunday school and they are done when you get home. I wouldn't advise cooking something unattended, hopefully someone is home. By the way, this recipe comes from "Home Cookin'" by Freda Yoder, an Amish bishop's wife in Inola, Oklahoma. You can order her book by sending $25 to Freda Yoder, 9621 West 600 Road, Inola, OK 74036, it is full of southern and western inspired Amish recipes.
- 3 pounds hamburger
- 1 1 /2 cups cracker crumbs
- 1 1 /2 cups quick oats
- 2 eggs
- 1 /2 teaspoon pepper
- 13 ounces of milk
- 1 cup onion fine, chopped
- 1 /2 teaspoons garlic power
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1 1 /2 cups brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons liquid smoke
- 1 /2 teaspoon teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 /2 cup chopped onions
- Mix the hamburger ingredients together and shape into patties.
- These can be staggered or layered in a pan.
- Mix together sauce and pour on top.
- Bake 2 hours at 300, covered with foil or if the pan is really full, bake longer.
- Eat with a bun or a cooked meal.