Friday, June 2, 2017

Baked Rodeo Casserole

Out in the old west, a simple dish of ground beef and baked beans was called “Cowboy”. Here is a kicked-up version to honor The International Gay Rodeo Association. Yes there are gay cowboys and cowgirls! 

 This is a special version of baked beans with the addition of lean stew meat and cut up bratwurst. Scatter a bit of grated cheddar over the top and serve with old fashioned corn bread! You wont need to ring that old triangle too hard and they'll come a runnin! 


  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • 2 tbs oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean stew beef
  • 3 pieces of bratwurst sliced about ¾ inch thick.
  • 1 small onion, chopped 
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped 
  • Two 16-ounce cans pork and beans 
  • 3 Tbs yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar 
    shredded cheese to cover
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9- by 13- by 2-inch casserole dish with cooking spray. 

Do your cutting! Chop the onion, green pepper and slice the bratwurst. Open the cans of baked beans and drain well!

Add 2 tbs sugar to large skillet and caramelize over heat. Add oil, then the stew meat and sliced bratwurst. Cook for about 8 minutes browning on all sides. 

Remove meat to paper towel lined plate to drain.

Add onion and green pepper to skillet, saute 4 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to paper towel lined plate. 

In a large bowl mix the drained can of baked beans with mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar. Taste & adjust with salt & pepper.

Then stir in the onions, green pepper, meat & bratwurst pieces.
Transfer the mixture to the prepared casserole dish. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes.

Remove the foil and sprinkle with cheese.

Continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes.
Let the casserole stand for 10 minutes before serving.

What a hearty meal for you special cowboy!

Serving my Master Indy

To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

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Phil Ragsdale and the IGRA Cowboy

In 1975 “Emperor I of Reno”, Phil Ragsdale, was challenged to come up with a fund-raising idea. The gay community was searching for ways to educate and fight stereotypes. The idea was to donate money to the Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Day. This would show how gay people were concerned and cared for not only ourselves but also our neighbors. This was several years before we learned of the horrible medical scourge that was to hit our own community! 

A rodeo sounded like a fun way to prove that we are of all types and just as rugged as our western past. But putting together a rodeo was not easy, for one thing the local ranchers would not allow a bunch of fags to use any of their animals! What's a rodeo without animals? It took until 1976 to secure the Washoe County Fairgrounds and get five “wild” range cows, ten “wild” range calves, a pig and a Shetland pony!

Over 125 people took part, both cowboys and cowgirls! It was a minor success but spurred on enthusiasm and new ideas. The rodeos grew and spread all over the country. An image of two cowboys holding hands before roping a calf sparked a deep seated love for the old west.

Slave could not find out much information on Phil Ragsdale. He passed away in 1991. Yet his contribution to LGBT culture and so the world culture can not be understated. 

June is pride month, lets remember our history!

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