Cowboy Cooking: How to Prepare a Ranch Style Meal

Cowboy Cooking: How to Prepare a Ranch Style MealLet’s saddle up for an educational journey, filling our appetites for ranch-style meals. Cooking, to a traditional cowboy was more a means to an end, a burrito at the end of a long day’s trail, a steak awaiting after hours without food and rest, or hearty potatoes and vegetables warming the body amid winter chill.

Today, we enjoy the flavor and style of preparation of cowboy meals without the heroism and hardship. Moreover, we don’t have to go far to find the ingredients and time to prepare the following cowboy-cooking creations.

Steak and Eggs

Good morning, cowboy, the sun will soon rise on another day’s journey. Despite the hours of expended energy, it takes only a few to prepare a cowboy breakfast. You’ll need some staple items and a big smile lasting till sun’s fall. Proportion ingredients as needed depending on the number of your bandits:

Ingredients (for 1 serving):

  • cooking spray
  • 4-ounce steak
  • 1-2 eggs, depending on preference
  • 2 bacon strips
  • onion and green pepper
  • Salt and pepper

Spark up a bed of hot coals, laying a pan on top. Give the pan a shot of cooking spray. Place the steak and bacon on the pan; while sizzling, whip the eggs, chop the onions and combine with peppers for the omelet portion of the meal. Stir the eggs frequently; the pan gets hot.

The eggs should take less than ten minutes to prepare, while the bacon and steak longer, to desired temperature and preparation. No trail to the taste buds is complete without seasoning; use salt and pepper as desired.

Prairie Patty

Along with steak, hamburgers are a popular dish among the cowboy population, living up to the association. Burgers make great snacks or main meals depending on one’s journey and proposed plan. As with the steak and eggs, this recipe calls for a lone ranger, but add ingredients as necessary.

Ingredients (for 1 serving):

  • cooking spray
  • 1 quarter pound beef
  • 2 tbsp of your favorite brand of barbeque sauce
  • a hamburger bun
  • lettuce, tomato, onion, etc.
  • Salt and Pepper

Start your fire, burning the coals, using a frying pan to flip the bbq-sauce-glazed hamburger patty every 4 minutes. Drenching the burger accordingly before cooking facilitates flavor and preparation time. Spices and fixings make most dishes taste much better; ask any cowboy keeping extra rounds of spice around. Add lettuce, tomato, pickle, salt, pepper and other toppings you normally tip your cap to.

Cowboy Cider

Every cowboy likes to take his saddle down, pull up a seat, and enjoy a warm beverage. This cowboy concoction is alcohol free and filled with tasty goodness.


  • 1 gal apple cider
  • 1/2 gal apple juice
  • 4-5 sticks cinnamon
  • 3 cups sugar

Mix the elements and boil over an open flame for 15 minutes. Settle in, and survey the scene of a hard day’s work in reverse, reflecting on your adventures across the prairie or whatever modern-day town yours may reside. You now have three, good-tasting meals to add to your road of cowboy recipes.

Peter Richardson picked up cowboy cooking from his granddad. He enjoys sharing recipes and stories on cooking and lifestyle blogs. For steak recipes, visit the link to learn more.

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