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Firehouse Beef Roast
This hearty, slow-cooked beef makes its own gravy as it roasts in the oven. Firefighter Greg Drazkowski of Colfax, Wisconsin, shared his specialty with us.
Greg became the most popular cook in the Menomonie, Wisconsin (70 miles east of Minneapolis), fire department when he reached the finals of 2004's national Tabasco Cook and Ladder Competition.
Beef roast works well for the crew because it's easy to reheat if an alarm calls them away. Plus, firefighters appreciate that Greg never spends more than $4 per person per meal. Even on a budget, he creates meals with the power to develop camaraderie. "When you sit down to a meal together, it's an important bonding time for the shift," he says.