A Quick Post and a Quick BBQ Sauce

Generally, I put a lot of time and thought into my posts, but our air conditioner quit at 4:00 this morning and the A/C guy isn’t here yet.

(In case you haven’t heard, Oklahoma’s temps have been in the 100’s for the past two months…)

Here’s what our inside temp reads now.

  (P.S.  It’s 10° “warmer” in my writing nook…)

Thankfully, I have a cool place to retreat to as soon as I’m done with this, and thankfully I planned a barbecue for dinner tonight.

Last night I made my Quick BBQ sauce and it was delish brushed over barbecued ham steaks.  (How does one spell BBQ correctly anyway?)

But patience, sweet ones, patience… it really is better the next day.

I also fooled around with my camera just for fun… :)

This is as basic as BBQ Sauce gets!

Quick BBQ Sauce

1/2 c. ketchup (I used Heinz)

3 Tbsp. honey

1/2 Tbsp. yellow mustard

1/2 tsp. liquid smoke

1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp. smoked paprika

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

(Optional add-in’s:  red pepper flakes to taste, a dash of hot sauce, a shot of whiskey)

Combine ingredients in a small saucepan.

Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.

Reduce heat; simmer 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Cool, then store in the refrigerator.

Bring to room temperature before applying to grilled meats.

Brush sauce on during the last minutes of grilling and ENJOY!

Ooof… here’s what our temp was last time I looked, and it went up a degree after I uploaded the picture!

Enjoying the prospect of grilling… but not indoors…. gotta run!

~ Kim

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Who Ate The Evidence?

Most days, my “meal plan” consists of two steps:

1)  What can I make that’s flavorful?

and

2)  How soon can I sit on the deck?

(To say that I’m driven by leisure is an accurate assessment…)

After blog hopping all week, my inspiration from food-related chronicles was at an all-time high.  Many blogs I visited (including those of my Blog Roll buddies) featured step-by-step-photographs guiding readers through prep work to the final, mouth-watering photo.  (That takes dedication, which I know you appreciate, because I certainly do.)

Unfortunately (and more often than not), my appetite overrules my artistic inclinations.  To keep my food-blogging credibility intact, I fought the urge to lounge…  I give you:

BBQ Chicken “Before”…

Soakin' Up The Smoke

and BBQ Chicken “After”…

Done To Perfection

That’s two pictures, folks — hope you’re proud of me. :)
In concluding today’s “tutorial,” I’d like to give credit where it’s due.  A few weeks ago, I entered a barbecue sauce give-away on Miss in the Kitchen (still can’t believe I won — thank you, Milisa!) and my “prize” arrived this week.  Then I read about a super-quick-chicken-cooking-method on Jenna’s Everything Blog (which I now use to avoid undercooked chicken on the grill — thank you, Jenna!) and I was able to make this/plate this in under 30 minutes.  You can, too!
But wait, there’s more…
This was the first time I tried Slatherin’ Sauce and I can honestly say that both of their versions were wonderful.
(All opinions expressed are my own.  Batteries not included.)
Enjoying life one glorious barbecue at a time,
~Kim

All Decked Out

What do you do on a Friday night when the temperature’s above 70 degrees and the wind speed is below 5 m.p.h….?  Fire up the grill!

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit it.  Our standard-sized “Weber-wanna-be” is a far cry from the industrial-sized smokers gracing many a back yard, but it does the job.

Not only did it satisfy my longing for something sizzlin’ for supper, it accommodated the weekend’s menu in one fell swoop: grilled chicken breasts for a Caesar salad, pork chops to accompany a mighty tasty batch of coleslaw (with leftovers destined for fajitas or makeshift pulled pork sandwiches), garlic bread to go with all of the above, three roasted peppers, two skewers of veggies, and a partridge in a pear tree…

What’s your favorite thing to do on Friday night?  While you’re thinkin’ about it, here’s a sunset for you to enjoy…

What we lack in mandatory BBQ equipment, God makes up for with the view.

Enjoying life one briquet at a time,

Kim