Party Time

In addition to Calico Beans and Green Bean Salad, these make good party additions for those meals for many people.

Dan’s Grilled Chicken
20 lb chicken
Cover with water
1 c soy sauce
1-2 T pepper
1-2 T salt
3 T garlic powder
Boil 45 minutes
Remove chicken.

1 c soy sauce
2/3 c water (I use broth from cooking)
¼ lemon juice
1 t pepper
½ salt
1-2 T garlic powder
Grill on hot grill 1 min each side. While grilling, brush with bbq sauce.
Freezes well.


BBQ Meat Balls
3 lb ground beef
2 c quick oats
1 (13 oz) can evaporated milk
1 onion chopped
2 eggs, beaten
2 t chili powder
2 t salt
½ t pepper
½ t garlic powder

Mix. Shape into 1 inch balls. Place in single layer in 9x13 pan.

3 c catsup, salsa, BBQ sauce or any tomato pasted sauce
1 1/2 c brown sugar (adjust according to what sauce used above)
3 T liquid smoke
3 T Worcestershire sauce
¾ t garlic powder
Pour over meat balls.
Bake 350’ for 1 hr.
Makes 60 meat balls.
Freezes well.

Cowboy Caviar
½ c oil
½ c vinegar
½ c brown sugar
Heat to boiling. Boil 1 minute. Cool.

(All bean quantities based on 16 oz size can)
1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can small white beans, rinsed and drained
1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 can corn, rinsed and drained
(Can substitute beans: i.e. black-eyed peas, white shoepeg corn)
1 each of green, yellow, red pepper, diced (I use what I have)
1 onion, diced
Combine vinegar mixture with bean mixture.
Can also add avocado, diced tomatoes, and cucumbers.
Marinate overnight.
Drain 2-3 hours before serving. (KEY TO SUCCESS.)

Serve with tortilla chips.
Can freeze bean mixture and then proceed with marinate process.


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