Dear Creatives, I thought I would do a little BBQ round up today since we are headed into Memorial weekend kicking off the season of barbecues, camp outs, grilling & summer!
It is all about the sauces isn’t it? Well, maybe not but the grilling does get a little help from the sauce & although the side dishes don’t play second fiddle you must remember the desserts are just the icing on the cake for your BBQ. But, what it boils down to is what makes the BBQ top knot-ch the sauce!
Your chicken will be finger licking with these recipes!
Nothing beats a quick & easy sauce with ingredients you usually have in your pantry! This one from Martha Stewart fits my Memorial day!
3/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons paprika
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, (optional)
Whisk together all ingredients.
The cayenne pepper is what will give it a little heat! To see all of Martha’s Salas, Sauces & Toppings for Grilled Food
Now if you are willing to watch over the pot for a little bit the Neely’s BBQ Sauce from The FoodNetwork is much like my grandma’s.You can even see a video from the link, but it is straight forward. Nothing like a little Southern sauce, sugar included.
2 cups ketchup
1 cup water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
5 tablespoons light brown sugar
5 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour 15 minutes.
These are a few quick & easy sauces to get you started. Do you have a favorite BBQ sauce recipe. Do tell! Drop me a comment & a link if you have made a post of one! I always like learning new recipes!
Here is the perfect salad dressing (Cafe Green Salad) slightly adapted below, only by adding more veggies perfect to mix up ahead of time for your tossed green salads! This recipes a winner! Tried & true, tested right here for our home BBQ’s.
- * 1 garlic clove sliced in 1/2
- * 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- * 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- * Small splash soy sauce
- * Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- * 3 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups mixed greens, the darker the better (not iceberg)
Rub the inside of a large wooden bowl with the garlic clove and then either discard it or save it for another use. Put the mustard in the bowl and whisk in the balsamic vinegar and soy sauce (a French secret!) vigorously for about 10 seconds to get a creamy consistency. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Drizzle in the olive oil as slowly as possible with 1 hand while whisking as quickly as possible with the other hand to emulsify. Lay the salad greens on top of the dressing and toss just before serving.
* I usually prepare this ahead of time pour into a jar, mix it up & pour right onto the salad prior to serving! I add more than just salad greens, sliced cucumber, avocado, sliced red onion & after mixing I toss in tomato s. Be sure to make extra sauce if adding more than greens!
Easy to double, for larger crouds. Like our gatherings.
Be sure to make extra sauce if adding more than greens!
Who is Barbecuing this weekend?
So much more tomorrow! See you then!