Old West Recipes Archives

Chuckwagon: Chuckwagon Terms

Chuckwagon TermsChuckwagon Terms:

Wreck pan – The pan in which cowboys placed their dirty dishes following a meal.

Squirrel can – The large can in which cowboys scraped the food scraps before placing them in the wreck pan.

Cook’s last job of the evening – Point the tongue of the chuckwagon toward the north so the herd could “follow the tongue” the next day.

Gut robber, greasy belly, biscuit shooter – Cowboys names for both the ranch house and trail drive cook.

Coffee recipe – A hand full of coffee for every cup of water.

Possum belly – A rawhide apron attached to the underside of the chuckwagon in which wood and buffalo chips are stored for the dinner fire.

Why cooks threw dirty dishwater under chuckwagon – This helped protect the cook’s domain by discouraging cowboys from taking a nap in the shade under the chuckwagon.

*Courtesy of Chronicle of the Old West newspaper, for more click  HERE.

Chuckwagon: Old Fashioned Shortcake

Old Fashioned Shortcake from an 1891 recipe book entitled “Palatable Dishes.”

Chuckwagon: Old Fashioned ShortcakeFor Old Fashioned Shortcake take one quart of nice buttermilk, add to it one teaspoonful of soda, quarter of a teaspoonful of salt, one tablespoonful of unmelted lard, then stir in enough sifted flour to make as soft a dough as can be handled. Roll out to about half an inch thick, cut into diamonds and bake quickly.

*Courtesy of Chronicle of the Old West newspaper, for more click HERE.

Chuckwagon: Spiced Corn Beef

To 10 pounds of beef, take 2 cups salt, 2 cups molasses, 2 tablespoonfuls saltpeter, 1 tablespoonful ground pepper, 1 tablespoonful cloves; rub well into the beef.

Turn every day, and rub the mixture in. Will be ready for use in 10 days.

*Courtesy of Chronicle of the Old West newspaper, for more click HERE.

Chuckwagon: Plum Pudding Sauce

Ingredients:  Glass of brandy; 2 oz of fresh butter; Glass of Madeira; Pounded sugar to taste.

Mode:  Mix pounded sugar with part of the brandy and the butter.  Warm until sugar and butter dissolved then add the rest of brandy.  Either pour it over the pudding or serve in a tureen.

*Courtesy of Chronicle of the Old West newspaper, for more click HERE.

Chuckwagon: Sourdough Cornbread

This recipe comes from the Hashknife Outfit of Winslow, Arizona.

1 cup starter.

Enough cornmeal to make a beatable batter.

1 ½ cups milk

2 tablespoons sugar

2 eggs beaten

¼ cup warm melted butter, or fat

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon soda

      Mix starter, cornmeal, milk, eggs and stir thoroughly in large bowl.  Stir in melted butter, salt and soda.  Pour into a 10 inch greased frying pan or Dutch oven, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

*Courtesy of Chronicle of the Old West newspaper, for more click HERE.

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