Elle Can't Cook: BBQ

Since this weekend is the Fourth of July in America, I thought I'd include an American classic: Barbeque. Have you had it or heard of it? In the South, we say we're "grilling" if we're putting anything on the grill, but I know in other parts of the US/world, people call it "barbequeing." So barbecue/que is not a verb but a noun--a food!

There are many methods and variations on this classic. In certain areas of the South, we use a tomato-based sauce (it tastes sweet), whereas other Southern states use a vinegar-based sauce. Since I'm from Georgia, I'm gonna share my super easy (remember, I can't cook!) way to make sweet BBQ for the Independence Holiday.

Normally bbq is made with pork, but I had some steaks that were too tough to eat. Since I bought the economy pack and didn't want to throw them out, I did some quick-thinking of what I could make.

I have a slow cooker (Crock Pot), so I put my frozen steaks in there. I mixed some BBQ sauce (you can buy it in a bottle) and 1 cup of Coca-Cola (another Atlanta staple that I know you've all heard of, my world-readers. You MUST visit the World of Coke if you're ever in Atlanta). I put this mixture on the steaks--it should cover them--and set the timer for 8 hours.

After that, I shredded the meat, put it on a wheat hamburger bun, and was ready to eat! I included some homemade coleslaw and baked beans. A perfect All-American meal. Enjoy!

What do you eat on the 4th of July? Maybe some hot dog-flavored chips? Haha
For my non-American readers, have you ever eaten BBQ? 
Do you have a dish similar where you live?


  1. they say BBQ here in Switzerland - well I think the guys I know say it because they got it from when they lived in the US...but Switzerland sure has a sad excuse for BBQ :( It comes from a tube!

  2. I love baked beans! I actually made some recently to give to my Dad for Father's Day (also one of his faves). So yummy! http://sweetersalt.com/2010/06/27/the-gift-of-food/

  3. I love the title of your post. I can't cook either! But I love to eat, especially bbq! And, being a Southern girl myself, no 4th is complete without it!

  4. This post sure makes me hungry all over, yum yum yum, xoxo

  5. Thanks so much for coming by my blog and commenting, I couldn't publish your comment for some reason but I do appreciate the tip! I've been frustrated with the quality of the photos myself and I will definitely have to check out the macro setting. Hopefully it helps!


  6. what a great idea to improvise! looks like you CAN cook, Elle! :D This looks delicious!!!

  7. p.s. good luck on your interviews!!!!

  8. This is exactly what I am craving this weekend!

  9. Hamburgers and hot dogs for me! But that looks pretty good too!

  10. Looks so yummy! I LOVE the tip about using Coke in the Crock Pot and I will defintiely be trying that with some steaks that I'm going to slow cook this weekend.


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