So Easy & Good BBQ Sauce Recipes & Cafe Salad Dressing Mix

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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!

Martha Stewart 

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!

1. Memphis Style 

2. Homemade BBQ Sauce for backyard Chicken

Nothing beats a quick & easy sauce with ingredients you usually have in your pantry! This one from Martha Stewart fits my Memorial day!

3. Quick & Easy BBQ Sauce

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.

4.  Neely’s BBQ Sauce 


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.

Mustard Vinaigrette

adapted via FoodNetwork links & video link on their site Cafe Green Salad by Melissa D' Arabian
Prep Time 10 minutes


  • * 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


  1. 3 cups mixed greens, the darker the better (not iceberg)
  2. 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.
  3. * 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!

Recipe Notes

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!

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  1. Yummy!! Thanks for sharing, I might use the b-que sauce recipe this weekend.

    Stopping by via the friendship friday hop. Following you via all the networks we have in common.

    Thanks for sharing your recipes!!

    1. Thanks Debbie, will drop by today after my daughter’s field trip! Look forward to meeting you…

  2. Thanks for posting these recipes in time for us to be able to use them for our big weekend activities. The mustard vinaigrette sounds so yummy I can’t wait to try it out. Hope you have a great weekend.


    1. Hi SallyAnn thank you for your visit. I hope you enjoy it when you try it. Have a great weekend!

  3. I am all about the condiments, and this bbq looks like a fantastic recipe! I can almost taste it now! Our favorite bbq shack closed down a few years ago and I have been on a quest to find a good recipe to make at home. I will have to give this a whirl this summer. Thanks for sharing!

    Thanks for stopping by Theresa’s Mixed Nuts
    I’m following on G+ and LF 🙂
    Have a great Memorial Day!

    1. Thanks for the follow Theresa! I look forward to getting to know you better & visiting again. It is sad when our favorite small eating spots close down, I wish our economy could support our smaller business’s. Hope you enjoy them.

    1. Yes do give them a try & I’ll be sharing more that I have been testing on my family that turned out yummy! Be sure to stay tuned & enjoy your summer BBQ’s!

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