The Bush Brothers Cookout & Giveaway
Lately I've been posting about my summer kick-off cookout, brought to you by Bush's Grillin' Beans, and the accompanying giveaway. Well, my "Pastor's Family Cookout" took place last weekend, and we had a great time.

I truly believe that pastors have one the toughest "jobs" that there is. They deal with things on a daily basis that many of us never even contemplate. What we might call a "job" is really a call to shepherd their flock (congregation) humbly and sacrificially. So, I wanted to use this opportunity to show my appreciation for all that my pastors and their families do, most of which largely goes unrecognized.

Another thing about this cookout that made it even more special is that it was the day before our church "graduation" where we went from a missionary church plant to an independent self-supporting church.

We had such a wonderful time gathering in a local park to enjoy good food and fellowship. I got to cook a bunch, teach a little bit about barbecue and grilling, then stand back and enjoy what I love -- watching people eat and enjoy themselves.

The Bush Brothers Cookout & Giveaway

Our Associate Pastor's sons (below, top center) especially enjoyed the steak. Our eldest daughter said, "Tyler and Trevor ate like eight servings of meat!"

The Bush Brothers Cookout & Giveaway

Here's what was on the menu, and some recipes:

Note: I've scaled the recipes down to approximately four-person servings.

Cola-Marinated Flank Steak

The Bush Brothers Cookout & Giveaway

1 Flank steak (preferably USDA Choice or better)
1 can Cola (leaded, no diet!)
1/4 cup Soy sauce
1/8 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp Black pepper, ground fresh
1 tsp Granulated onion
1/4 tsp Granulated garlic

Dump all of the ingredients, except the steak, in a one gallon zip-top bag, seal and shake well.

Add the steak to the bag, remove the excess air, and seal.

Lay the bag in a lipped pan (to catch any leakage), refrigerate, and marinate 4-6 hours.

Remove the steak from the marinate, pat dry with paper towels, and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

While the steak is resting, prepare your grill for two-zone cooking (direct and indirect) at high heat (about 500º).

Grill the steak just to medium-rare (no further than medium -- about 4-6 minutes per side, depending on the thickness), then remove it to a platter, tent it loosely with foil and let it rest for five to ten minutes.

Slice across the grain to about 1/4", and serve with Bush's Texas Ranchero Grillin' Beans.

Grilled Salad

The Bush Brothers Cookout & Giveaway

2 heads Romaine lettuce, washed and dried
1 cup Strawberry-balsamic vinaigrette (recipe follows)
Canola oil spray
Kosher salt
Shaved Parmesan cheese (about 3/4 cup)

Split each head of lettuce lengthwise.

Spray the cut side of each half lightly with the canola oil, then season with salt and pepper to taste.

Grill each half, cut-side-down, over a hot direct fire for about 90 seconds.

Remove to a sheet pan, sprinkle evenly with the cheese and let cool.

Drizzle each half with an equal amount of dressing, serve and enjoy!

Strawberry-Balsamic Vinaigrette

1/2 cup Extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup Canola or vegetable oil
1/2 cup Strawberries, quartered
1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup Honey
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp Dried oregano
1 tsp Dried thyme
2 tsp Garlic salt
1 tsp Black pepper, ground fresh

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender.

Pulse until all of the strawberries are pureed.

Refrigerate until serving.

Grilled Strawberry Shortcake

The Bush Brothers Cookout & Giveaway

1 lb Pound cake (I used butter pound cake)
1 lb Fresh strawberries, sliced
3/4 cup Sugar
1 tsp Kosher salt (to aid in maceration)
1/8 tsp Ground ginger
1/8 tsp Ground allspice
Canola oil spray
Whipped cream

Combine all of the ingredients, except the cake, in a large mixing bowl and mix well.

Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour, stirring occasionally.

If your grill isn't already hot, prepare it for direct cooking at medium heat (about 350º).

Cut the pound cake into 1 1/2" slices, and spray each side lightly with the oil.

Grill the cake slices until they are toasty and have grill marks on each side. You'll know that they're ready to flip when you start to smell a toasty marshmallow aroma and see slight wisps of smoke.

Serve each slice topped with a good amount of the berry mixture and whipped cream.

The Big Giveaway

Bush's Grillin' Beans

Now it's time to launch the giveaway that I detailed last week. The rules are pretty simple.

  • To enter, just leave a comment here telling me about your grilling masterpiece and what Bush's Grillin' Beans flavor would best accompany it. Burgers and dogs are a given, so be creative.
  • This giveaway is open to all entrants residing in the United States only.
  • Since I need a way to contact the winner, your comment must either link to or contain your e-mail address.
  • No entries will be accepted after 12 PM Mountain Time Tuesday, May 31, 2011.
  • The winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries (via
  • The winner will be announced on this blog on May 31, and will be contacted via e-mail.
  • In the event that the winner cannot be contacted another winner will be chosen at random from all remaining eligible entries (via
  • The folks at Bush Brothers are covering the shipping.

Important: Again, I must have a way to find your e-mail address. If it's not in the comment text I will look at your profile and/or your blog(s). If you don't see your comment posted within a few hours, it's because I couldn't find your e-mail address.


I would like to thank Bush Brothers for sponsoring this cookout and the giveaway. I've long been a huge fan of Bush's beans, and they have been great to work with.

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Anonymous Sunnie said...
The steakhouse pit or the southern bbq looks good, and I would eat with my father in laws bbq.
Anonymous Anonymous said...
We don't exactly have a grilling masterpiece, we just slow smoke brisket and ribs over hickory. But I like to put the beans on the smoker too. Bourbon and Brown Sugar Bush's grilling beans are great, just drape some bacon on top and put them on the pit until they are cooked as you like them. Add some sweet potato fries and I'm totally happy!
Your grilled pound cake looks amazing!
My email is, my name is Julie. Thanks for offering such a great giveaway!
Blogger Jenna Gayle said...
Drunken chicken stuffed with peppers and onions, rubbed with a homemade blend of spices goes quite nice with the Burbon and Brown Sugar beans!
Blogger Pam said...
I am making one of my families favorites for Memorial Day Texas Brisket, Chipolte mashed sweet pototoes, and I have already stocked up on the Bush's Grilling Beans Texas Rancho. We can't forget dessert Strawberry Pound Cake.

That's our big dinner here at Living Rancho Delux
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Annually, we host a pig roast. We will get a whole hog from our favorite butcher and slow roast it over apple wood for about 10 hours. We go for a small pig of about 100 lbs. Some years have seen the pig served up with traditional luau fare. However, we also love to serve it with potato salad, cole slaw and Bush's Bourbon and Brown Sugar Grillin Beans. There's always tons of food and fun when a pig is done and no one is allowed to leave without a gallon bag of pulled pork.
Blogger Stormy said...
My grilling masterpiece is a recipe I invited called Margarita Chicken- made with hotsauce, dry margarita mix, chicken, and a few other ingredients. I think the Black bean fiesta beans would go great with it. I think the chipotle flavor of the beans would mesh well with the limey sweet flavor of the chicken!
Blogger Elva said...
I've finally mastered grilling chicken breast without coming out too dry. Being from the Southwest, I like to use a tequila lime marinade. I think that the Texas Ranchero beans would go the best with them. Those sounds really delicious actually, I love love love Charro Beans.
Anonymous Becky said...
We gril all the time and can't pick just one thing for the 'masterpiece'. However, I do want to next try taco burgers with all the fixins paired with the black bean fiesta grillin beans.
Blogger bondgirl said...
Just renovated the backyard and we're addicted to the grill. We're working on perfecting our steak skills. Bourbon & brown sugar makes the perfect sweet side.

Can't wait to try the salad & shortcake recipes!
I'd grill flank steak marinated in a Mexican, spicy sauce and then pair with Bush's Black Bean Fiesta!
Anonymous Anonymous said...
When I trim a slab of ribs I also smoke the rib tips then add them to the Southern Pit BBQ beans. Great side for the ribs!
Anonymous Gary Hale said...
I just want some scraps and leftovers.
Blogger Aaron Bynum said...
Bourbon & Brown Sugar beans would go great with some honey lemon marinated chicken breast and pineapple shishkabobs. Simple, but that's how I roll.
Anonymous Maren said...
I wouldn't call it a "masterpiece", but the thing I grill most often is plain 'ol ribeye steaks. I love seasoning them with Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning - so good! I would pair them with the Steakhouse Recipe beans.
Blogger Bonnie from Iowa said...
We love pork chops on the grill! Bourbon and Brown Sugar Bush's grilling beans tastes great with them and dilled fried potatoes top off the meal.
Blogger Dan said...
Being from TX originally, I love the TX Ranchero beans with slow smoked brisket or a nice, juicy ribeye.
Anonymous Jessica said...
I would like the Smokehouse Tradition beans with some barbecued chicken!
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Blogger Bekah said...
We are pretty simple when it comes to grilling, but our favorite is probably just a nice steak with sides of potatoes and asparagus. A side of the Steakhouse Recipe Grilling Beans I think would complement that nicely!
Blogger Bekah said...
We love a good steak with sides of grilled asparagus and potatoes. The Steakhouse Recipe looks like it would complement this meal nicely!
Blogger Scott said...
I like to keep it simple with a grilled ribeye (using only Montreal Steak seasoning) and then spice it up a little with the Texas Ranchero beans.
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Anonymous Tabitha said...
I would go with the Steakhouse. I LOVE a good rib or steak, though most nights chicken, with a made up marinade of this & that is what is on our bbq.
Anonymous Bill said...
When we have a cookout, everybody always wants my smoked ribs and marinated grilled chicken. I make Your killer slaw and have Bush's Bourbon and Brown Sugar grilling beans along with grilled asparagus. Now I'm getting hungry!!!
Anonymous said...
I created my own rib rub recipe and use it to smoke pork ribs. Bet those smokehouse beans would make a great marriage with ribs!
Blogger Don's Diner said...
I love doing ribs low and slow trimmed St Louis style. I cook the trimming chop them in chunks then add them to Bush Original. I let them cook low and slow till the ribs are done. Family favorite.
Blogger Debby said...
I started making a butterflied grilled pork tenderloin with a bourbon glaze that would be great with Bush's Bourbon and Brown Sugar grilling beans.
Anonymous Gabe Cole said...
I love smoked meat loaf with Bourbon and Brown Sugar Beans. Then take any left over meatloaf, cube it up into 1" pieces, wrap in bacon, dusted with rub and back in the smoker for the bacon to cook. Sauce them and smoke another 20 minutes....
Blogger Betty said...
My favorite was a roast I did on the grill with a black pepper crust...lost the recipe years ago in one of my many moves but think I might try finding it online or just playing around to recreate it.

My favorite all time Bush's beans are the Maple Cured but the Bourbon & Brown Sugar are hot on their heals :)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...
We prefer the bourbon and brown sugar beans as part of our cowboy sundaes.... in a clear disposable cup layer pulled pork, bourbon and brown sugar beans, mustard cole slaw, a little bbq sauce and thats it, a cowboy sundae.
Anonymous Anonymous said...
I love smoking up some pork shoulder (bone-in of course) for BBQ pulled pork in my WSM with a mix of apple/cherry wood chunks. Pairing it up with some grilled corn on the cob and of course Bush's Grillin Beans Southern Pit Barbecue. That's my ideal BBQ meal!
Blogger ACMommy3 said...
One of my grilling masterpieces and a favorite is Grilled Stuffed Pork Tenderloin (stuffed with thinly sliced ham, cheeses and fresh baby spinach, sometimes I add bacon and/or onions & mushrooms)...and I think Bourbon and Brown Sugar Bush's Beans would go nicely!! creedamy[at] yahoo[dot]com
Anonymous Anonymous said...
We like to put the Southern Pit BBQ on top of our grilled nachos. Tortilla chips,bbq shredded chicken,beans,cheese and sour cream.
Blogger Erin Slattery said...
Ribs, first I boil them, scraping off the fat on the top of the water during this process, remove from water after about 5-8 minutes. Then marinade in some sauce--usually honey bbq for about 2 minutes, then put on a hot bbq grill with briquets mixed with a few cedar chips for extra flavor. Add some bbq corn the bourbon and brown sugar beans and enjoy. A little messy but well worth it.
Anonymous Doug said...
The Black bean fiesta, served alongside an awesome all day pernil pork butt.
Blogger susitravl said...
My husband grills some excellent hot wings and we eat the Bourbon and Brown Sugar beans with them for a little sweet to kill some of the heat.
Blogger MCantu1019 said...
I love bbq beef ribs and I would add the bourbon and brown sugar beans.
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Blogger Lynda said...
My masterpiece is a thick rib-eye steak that I marinate in a secret family recipe marinade overnight and then we cook it over mesquite chips and baste with our favorite BBQ sauce. I think the Steakhouse recipe would go perfectly with it.
Blogger Erica best said...
I would make a Grilled Flank Steak with Bacon Balsamic Glaze and i would make the Steakhouse Recipe beans with them.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...
One of our favorite things to make on the grill is Venison shish kabobs, laced with bacon and veggies. Hmmm! Bush's Texas Ranchero would be great but so would Black Bean Fiesta. And if I couldn't decide, I'd serve both! We love beans!!!
Blogger Cheryl said...
Well, we just dressed out a bunch of quail this weekend. So I would say my grilling masterpiece would be my Sweet & Spicy bacon wrapped butterflied quail. I think it would pair nicely with the Bush's Bourbon and Brown sugar beans.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Pork ribs low & slow. Bourbon and Brown Sugar Beans.
Grilled corn in the husk. And if ya want desert, it would be Angle Food cake soaked in maple syrup, covered with whipped topping, blueberries and raspberries.
Anonymous Anonymous said...
SantaMaria style (rub modified) Flank Steak served sliced very thin; I think the Black Bean Fiesta would go great with this. We eat all of the Bush bean varieties.
Anonymous Shane said...
Simple - steakhouse beans with a nice ribeye, which is what I am going to do right now!!
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Upside down inside out burgers with gilled corn and Bourbon and Brown Sugar Bush's grilling beans
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Cast iron burgers on grill with Bush's Texas Ranchero and your geilled Grilled Strawberry Shortcake. Grear!!!
Blogger Unknown said...
I'm not the master griller but I think the bourbon and brown sugar grillin' beans would be amaing with ribs. thanks!
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