Cowboys rule during the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo - big ones and little ones!
We went to the show on Saturday. The first Saturday is the best time to hit the vendor booths. You can find anything a cowboy might need -
Chaps and Chinks -
You know what Chaps are, right? But what are Chinks? Chaps are the long leather coverings for your legs. Chinks are abbreviated chaps. They end about mid-calf. And these are real chaps, not the black leather ones motorcyclists wear. We see enough of those in August!
All kinds of clothing - and believe me, you don't look a bit strange dressed like this around here. Especially during the stock show.
We have little buckaroos having fun while waiting for their dads to finish talking about Quarter Horse stallions...
...and steeds for them to ride.
Belts and boots and hats...
These aren't just any hats. They're custom made, custom fitted cowboy hats made here in the Black Hills. Star of the West Hat Company
Plenty of saddles, bridles, lariats and other horse accouterments, of course.
I even shopped for riding boots. They're on my list to purchase before spring, when I've been promised more rides on my favorite mule, Loretta :)
These guys were waiting for Saturday afternoon's rodeo to start. Hubby and I will be going next Saturday, when a friend's five-year-old grandson is opening the show by singing the National Anthem.
Five years old.
Good stock runs deep in ranching families.
I thought I'd celebrate the Stock Show by reprising a recipe from a couple years ago. It continues to be a favorite around our house - especially when I use the local, grass-fed beef we've been buying the last two years. I've ordered this year's half-steer already, and just in time. The freezer's gettin' pretty empty!
Jan's Cowboy Chili
Start with about 1 1/2 pounds steak. I like to use round steak, or these little chuck steaks.
They're slightly icy in this picture - being slightly frozen makes the meat easier to handle.
Cut the meat into 1/2 inch cubes, and then prepare the marinade.
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup oil - vegetable or olive
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
After an hour or so, it's time to start cooking the chili.
Drain the marinated meat, reserving the onions and meat.
Brown in a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pot, and then add the rest of the ingredients:
2 cups beef broth
2 cans red beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can (14 oz.) tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1 teaspoon oregano
2 tablespoons cumin
Let all this simmer, covered, for an hour or two. Or three. Or put it in the crock pot for a half day or so...
Now, lift the lid and take a whiff. Don't you feel like you're on a cattle drive with the cowboy of your dreams?
What is your favorite part of cowboy culture?