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Old 04-08-2011, 02:03 AM   #1
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So I'm cooking for my employees tomorrow for being injury free for a month. I'm regarded as the chef/foodie of my workplace (kinda proud of that). Problem is that the company will only pay for nasty beef pucks (hamburgers) and hot dogs. Since I'm a nice guy and have a small reputation to uphold, what do you all suggest to doctor these basics? I can't do N/A beer for the dogs, either, although I really wanted to. I don't know of anything other than salt to put on the burgers, and dogs are dogs. To further add to the problem, I'm cooking on gas on one of those big cheap-azz propane jobs with temp. knobs of on and off. It's for about 75 people, so what little I do needs to be cheap. I hope my new boss will go for expensing a UDS.

My thought. A big foil pan of my hearty baked beans and call it a day. I just don't have faith that I can really do anything with the proteins. I call on all of you. What would you do in my situation? Thanks on the frontside to the masters of live fire, a true art of cooking.
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Old 04-08-2011, 02:31 AM   #2
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seriously you don't have much to work with - not even cheese for the burgers. i would sprinkle the burgers with salt/pepper and maybe some onion or garlic powder. can't think of much else, sorry.
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Old 04-08-2011, 02:33 AM   #3
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Maybe a little Montreal steak seasoning and a little A-1 on each "puck" to try and give it some flavor. With the dogs, you should be able to buy onions, bell peppers, and garlic and make some foil packs. Just do everything in batches, I know it's not much, but that should help. I worked at a place where they grilled a bunch of cheap, thin top round steaks, frozen burgers, and hot dogs as a reward for some safety initiative. I was like... whatever, free food and then I watched them use a whole huge bottle of lighter fluid on the charcoal, light it, and then throw the meat directly on the grill. I was pi$$ED, They ruined all that food because some idiot manager didn't know how to use lighter fluid(i use it to start campfires) or charcoal.
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Old 04-08-2011, 02:34 AM   #4
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Cucumber salad is good, cheap and easy.

I would slice some onions, throw in some garlic and butter, wrap them in foil and toss them on the grill. Once they're sweated, use them for toppings.

You can add some zip to the hot dogs by making various relishes.

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Old 04-08-2011, 05:38 AM   #5
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How about coring out the center of some of the dogs and filling them with cheese then capping them with plugs made from what came out the middle. Spice the cheese with some jalapeno and crumbled bacon. Should only cost you a few bucks and help your rep stay in tact.

Lawrys or just about any seasonig on the burgers should do and season up some onions to go with them.

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Old 04-08-2011, 07:49 AM   #6
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For the hockey pucks...make up some garlic,herb butter,freeze, and put a pat on top of each after cooking.
For the dogs....make up a pan of onions,green peppers and garlic, grill them in pan and add dr.pepper after cooking instead of beer for a topper for dogs.
Go all out for the beans....Make up some keri apple beans
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Old 04-08-2011, 07:54 AM   #7
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Thinking out loud... wonder how hotdogs are smoked with spiral wrapped bacon.?
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:11 AM   #8
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I agree, a good beef rub for the burgers and a nice compund butter to put on them when you flip them. I'd also do minced onion for both the burgers and dogs. I'd press the onion into the uncooked side of the patty and cook that way. Kind of like White Castle burgers. It would help if you had a flat top to finish them on when you flipped them. As far as the dogs, standard onions and relish with some crout and pickles as condiments. If you can smoke them, even better!
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:12 AM   #9
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Neon green pickle relish, onion, tomato, cuke, sport peppers, mustard and celery salt are my favorite fixins on a hot dog. If you slice everything really thin you could strech the tomatoes and cukes so you don't go broke. You could also make a foil pack of wood chips to release a bit of smoke not sure it will help the hockey pucks, maybe you could just brush em with a teriyaki glaze to give em some flavor.

How about allowing people to bring in their own meat to grill? The company then picks up the cost of tubs of coleslaw, potato salad, beans, etc.,
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:26 AM   #10
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They could get by cheaper with pull pork
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:33 AM   #11
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I've done the same thing for my squadron a couple times. We'll get 150-200 frozen burgers and fire up our huge charcoal grill. The first time, I just used Lawrys on the burgers and they were edible, the next time I brought some Cavenders to sprinkle on the burgers, and a lot of people came up and said "good burgers!" which didnt happen the first time. I mean they were still just frozen burgers, but that Cavenders added a litle extra flavor.

I'm supposed to be heading up another "burger burn" here in the near future, and we're going to be doing the normal burgers and dogs like you. So I'll probably just grab another deal of cavenders and a few huge cans of bush's baked beans...which I will probably just doctor up a little somehow.
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:44 AM   #12
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If it were me and I had a rep to uphold with my co-workers, I'd tell the company to give me how much ever they are willing to contribute, then I'm going out and buying about 6-7 butts and covering the difference myself.

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Old 04-08-2011, 10:14 AM   #14
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If burgers and brats it must be, I remember this post from a long time ago.

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Old 04-08-2011, 10:24 AM   #15
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I would start by bringing my Weber kettle to work with me that day...........
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