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Grilled beef is definitely one of my dad’s favorite when it comes to condiments for our Nigerian Soups and Stews. Locally we call it ‘anu okpoo’ in Eastern Nigeria or should I say my part of Igbo land?.
Grilling meat was part of our lives back then. Besides the fact that it was one of dad’s favorite, grilling meat also serves as a form preservation. Those times my mom and her friends would purchase a whole cow and share among themselves so grilling and storing came in handy. It is also common practice in the villages because of lack of constant power supply. My grandmother’s grilled meat always tasted different but delicious too. Hers was grilled or better put smoked by hanging it in a prefabricated metal basket over the fire for a bit then left there over several days so it gets a dose of heat daily whenever food is cooked. When it’s has achieved the desired dryness it is removed from the metal basket and kept.
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In other words this grilled meat I am talking about today is the same as smoked meat but without the smoke. Since moving to the United States, I haven’t been grilling meat. But recently I have been grilling more often to help me keep up with my keto life. Having grilled meat readily available is a great way to keep you on track. Plus you can serve it up to visitors with some peppered sauce or just to accompany my jollof hack recipe. Yesterday, While I was making this batch I thought of my dad a lot.. it was his birthday, He didn't have grilled meat but he sure did enjoy his day. Happy birthday Dad we love you more than words can say. I decided to share his love for anu okpoo with you all. Hope you enjoy it ?
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Grilled Beef for Nigerian Soups & Stews
- 2.2 lbs (1000g) Beef Cut up in chunks
- 1 Tablespoon Salt
- ½ Tablespoon Garlic powder
- 1 Tablespoon Onion powder
- 1 teaspoon ginger powder
- Preheat oven to 400ºF
- Wash meat and allow drain in a colander
- Pour in salt and spices mix thoroughly by hand.
- Arrange beef in a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Make sure to space out the beef pieces.
- Grill in the oven for 80 to 90 mins.
- Turn off oven and allow grilled beef cool in the oven with oven door open.
- Use immediately in soups and stews or freeze for later.