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US Cooking Tour Stop 19: Kansas

 Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore!

My goodness, I have a case of the summer brain and totally forgot I hadn't recapped and posted the recipes for my last cooking tour challenge. I tell you when my children don't have a schedule, I don't have a schedule and it throws me all out of sorts. What day is it, anyway? 

You cannot visit the Sunflower State and not see a BBQ every other mile, so it was an easy decision on what to make for the main dish. I actually went with my Mom's delicious BBQ brisket recipe and wow, it did not disappoint! I grew up with it, but I had never made it myself. The smell that filled my house as it cooked instantly took me back to childhood. 

We had my in-laws over the week I made it and it ended up being the perfect week for rolling Kansas since a brisket feeds so many. I would say it was a success since my mother-in-law said she wanted the recipe to make it the next time we all get together. 

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Let's get into the recipe! You are going to want to save this one to wow your friends and family this summer.

BBQ BRISKET

6 lb brisket
3 Tbsp. liquid smoke
Garlic powder
Onion Salt
Celery Salt

Sauce:
1 C ketchup
1 tsp salt
1 tsp celery seed
1/4 C brown sugar
1/4 C worcestershire sauce
2 C water
1 onion, chopped
1/4 C vinegar

Sprinkle brisket with liquid smoke and seasonings. Allow to stand overnight, covered with foil and refrigerated. Next morning, sprinkle with pepper and Worcestershire. Cover and bake 5 hours at 275. Drain grease. Uncover and bake 1 hour with BBQ Sauce that has been combined and boiled for 15 minutes. Slice and serve. Serves 10!

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I served it up with a baked potato, mac and cheese, my moms famous baked beans (another story for another day), and hot rolls. 

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Dessert for Kansas was a Dirt Cake! You really can't go wrong with a dirt cake - Oreos and a cream cheese pudding mix? It's bound be be delicious! And it was. 

It was quick and simple to mix up, and would be a great recipe to let your kids make this summer. We ate on it for days and it was just the right amount of sweet and filling to cap off a nice brisket dinner.

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DIRT CAKE

1 package Oreos
8 oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese 
1/2 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
16 oz cool whip
2 boxes instant vanilla pudding
3 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla 

Crush ⅔ package of Oreos and place in the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Set aside.
Mix cream cheese butter until smooth. Mix in powdered sugar and fold in whipped topping. Set aside.
In a separate bowl mix pudding, milk and vanilla. Fold this mixture in with the cream cheese mixture.
Pour over crumb mixture.
Sprinkle with the reserve crushed Oreos. Let set for a few hours and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

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Let me know in the comments or on instagram if you make either of these recipes! 


I am a modern day homemaker with a passion for family, cooking, celebrating, decorating, travel, and memory making! The Lord has blessed me with the desires of my heart in my husband and our two sons. We recently built our dream home and cultivating a loving and happy haven for my family is where I find so much joy.

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