Today is the first official day of summer. Back in Texas, it has felt like summer since April. Here in Colorado (where I’m spending my summer), it actually is just starting to feel like summer. In the week that I’ve been here, most of it has been unusually cool. On our hike Sunday, it was 59 degrees. Today though, the sun is shining and it’s a nice 78 degrees. Perfect summer weather if you ask me. I don’t miss the 100+ degree weather of Texas.
To me, BBQ sauce just says summer. For you maybe it’s the feeling of sand between your toes or eating a popsicle on your back porch with the popsicle dripping on the ground due to the heat or maybe splashing in a pool. A warm plate of BBQ-ed meat (or veggies!) with the sun beating upon my back as I sip a glass of cool lemonade, that just says summer to me. Of course, not just any BBQ sauce will do.
Homemade barbecue sauce is 3,222 times better than store-bought.
I can’t explain why.
You’re just going to have to trust me.
Not So Basic Barbecue Sauce
Sweet and smoky, this sauce is perfect on ribs, pork, chicken, veggies, and just about anything you might put it on.
From the How to Grill cookbook by Steven Raichlen
2 cups ketchup
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce ( I used this kind)
1 tablespoon of your favorite barbecue rub
2 teaspoons liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Combine all the ingredients in a nonreactive saucepan and bring slowly to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and gently simmer the sauce until dark, thick and richly flavored, 10-15 minutes. Transfer the sauce to a clean jar and store in the refrigerator. It will keep for several months.
Now I just need some lemonade and sun and my summer will be complete. I guess I should really put the sauce on something….besides a spoon :)
While I highly recommend you make homemade barbecue sauce, if you can’t, here’s a little tip for ya when serving store bought barbecue sauce: either allow the sauce to sit out until it reaches room temperature or heat in the microwave for a few seconds. Cold barbecue sauce is not a good thing.
What says summer to you?
BBQ or Barbecue?