I have a freezer full of smoked meats. Everyone once in awhile I’m told that we really need to eat more of the meat so it doesn’t go bad. After helping my oldest daughter move into a new apartment and doing some yard work I wasn’t feeling like whipping up a big meal. I remembered once, on the BBQ Brethren Forum, that someone used some meat in Hamburger Helper and decided that this would be an interesting thing to try. An experiment you might say.
Fortunately, I can say we didn’t have a box of Hamburger Helper lying around, so I made a quick trip to the Super Wally World for some supplies. Mostly strawberries for desert, but also a box of Hamburger Helper. Picking our a “flavor” that would work with smoked beef was a little challenging. I decided on Philly Cheesesteak Hamburger Helper.
As you can tell, this was a really nice piece of smoked, then grilled tri-tip. I had seasoned this with Todd’s Dirt.
The tri-tip was diced up.
After adding all the Hamburger Helper ingredients and bringing to a boil, per the instructions, I tasted the sauce. It needed something. I new immediately that what it needed was bacon, but I didn’t have any so I used the next best thing. Bacon Salt…
That did the trick. After cooking, per the instructions, I plated it up with some salad and fresh french bread. It wasn’t the worse thing I’ve ever eaten, but for a quick meal it was satisfying. The smoked flavor and bacon salt complimented the “cheese” sauce very nicely.