The Juices left over from bbq'ing beef and pork - What do you make with it?

Discussion in 'Side Items' started by photofinishron, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. Just wondering what recipes there are out there for using the left over juice from the bbq'ed pork butts and beef roasts? 

  2. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    I use them in gravy and stews and soups .

     You can chill the leftover juices and defat.  Pour them in an ice tray and freeze . pop the cubes out and store in freezer in a ziplock. that way you can just use whatever ammount you need.
  3. bigal

    bigal Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I got a cheap grease separater measuring cup and use the good stuff on the meat that was cooked. 
  4. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    They make awesome dipping sauce for sammies too!
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I keep the juices for adding later when I re-heat. You can also use it for soups, even stock for some au jus or anywhere you need beef flavoring.
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2010

  6. Soups or such is more to the point of my question but I guess I didn't ask right from the begining.

    Got any good recipes for soups for the left over juices?

  7. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    What kind of soup r u into?

     i have a bunch of recipes that are adaptable to using beef stock .
  8. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    ditto, put that flavor back from where it was removed!!!
  9. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Third that emotion. I do have a 1 quart container in the freezer full of pork butt drippings right now, just waiting to be tossed back into the pulled pork it came from...about 6 lbs worth sitting right under the container of juices, so if I miss either one, well, it's my own damn fault...[​IMG]


  10. In a word?  Soup!  Yes any and all!

    Also,  Has anyone used Pork stock in a beef stock recipe?

  11. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What he said - I put about a dozen or so of the "ice cubes" into a little vacuum pack bag and then thaw them out for gravy, soup, sauces..... hell thaw the pouch and poke a straw into it and you got a beef broth Capri Sun! LOL
  12. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    You can use a pork stock in some things that call for beef stock.

     The big thing is to fridge the stock and defat.

     On pork i defat it twice.l
  13. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member


    Serves six
    • ¼ cup olive oil
    • 2 oz diced bacon
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 2 carrots, sliced
    • 2 stalks celery, sliced
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 potato, peeled and diced
    • 3 cups finely shredded cabbage or other greens -- or -- 6 oz frozen greens
    • 6 oz green beans, sliced -- or -- 2 small zucchini, diced
    • 8 oz. cauliflower
    • 1-½ cups fresh shell beans -- or -- ¾ cup dried Great Northern Beans cooked
    • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes with juices -- or -- 2 cups fresh diced tomatoes
    • 6 cups homemade beef or chicken stock
    • 2 cups water
    • Fresh herb bouquet of several stems each of thyme, parsley, oregano and basil tied with kitchen string -- or -- 1 tsp. each dried thyme, oregano, and basil and a few stems of fresh parsley chopped
    • Salt and pepper
    Warm the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add bacon and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Begin adding vegetables in the order presented above, up to and including the cauliflower, one at a time and cooking each addition 2 to 3 minutes. If you wish, you can prepare each one as the previous is added instead of preparing all in advance. This seems a little less tedious and the process develops a nice rhythm. At this point, salt and pepper lightly, starting with about 1 tsp. salt. Add the tomatoes, stock, water, and herbs and bring to a simmer. Simmer gently for one hour. Fish out the fresh herb bouquet if you've used it and discard. Taste for salt. Add the beans and simmer again for 15 minutes. The soup should never be watery or thin but rather substantial. If it appears too thick for your taste add a bit more stock. If it appears to thin, continue to cook it, uncovered, until more liquid evaporates. Taste again and adjust seasonings. Pass the Parmesan separately  

    This is a great hardy soup that we love!
  14. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Beef Barley Soup

    Serves 6
    • 1 lb. beef chuck, cut in very small cubes
    • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1 stalk celery, sliced
    • 2 Tblsp. olive oil
    • 1 can diced tomatoes with juice
    • 1-½ cups pearl barley
    • 8 cups homemade beef stock
    • salt and pepper
    Warm the olive oil in the soup pot over medium high heat. Add finely cubed beef and brown well. Add carrots, onion, and celery, turn heat down to medium low and cook about 5 minutes, stirring to coat all the vegetables with oil. Add tomatoes with their juice, barley, bay leaves, beef stock, and salt and a couple of grinds of pepper. The amount of salt will depend on your beef broth, so start with a small amount (1 tsp.) and add later as you taste. Bring to a simmer and cook uncovered about one hour or until barley is soft and beef is tender. If the soup is too thick at this point stir in up to one cup of hot water or stock to achieve the consistency you want. If made in advance the soup will continue to thicken as it stands and you will need to thin it with water or additional stock. Pick out bay leaves before serving  

    Wife doesn't care for barley ,But i do.
  15. natdiamond

    natdiamond Fire Starter

    Smokey pork fat separated from the juice is just as good as bacon fat for frying in some base flavor. Use instead of vegetable oil for some good cuban black beans. Fry some dried chorizo in the pork fat with garlic before you add the beans. Whenever I fry onions, like to serve with pierogies or whatever, I like bacon fat or pork fat. Just a little goes a long way. Most people cringe at the sound of it, but I guarantee your grandma used to do most of her frying in this stuff. It packs a lot of flavor.
  16. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    How does one of those work?

    I always put it in a container, in the fridge.

    Then the next day I take that 1/4" or better orange sheet of hardened grease off the top, to expose the good stuff.

    Does the "grease separator" work better than that?

    Does it work right away, instead of having to wait until the next day?

    I've never even seen one---What does it look like?

    Where can I get one?

    Wow---That's a lot of questions!!!

    OK---I answered some of my questions with this Demo I found---Pretty neat!

    So are any better than others?

    Can somebody give me an idea of which one to put on my Christmas List???


  17. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'm bumping this to see if anybody can recommend a good working grease separator.

    Santa is complaining there's nothing on my list!

  18. natdiamond

    natdiamond Fire Starter

  19. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    LOL, good one Nat, ...Bear you asked!

    I do it the same way you do, never heard of one and I'm certain they don't have any here.

    eman, THANK YOU, those are two of my favorite soups, I've tried making some from recipes I found on line and they were just lacking something, they didn't have that home cooked taste.


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