Monday, July 2

Recipe: Easy All Natural Homemade Barbecue Sauce and a Delicious Book for Barbecue Lovers

Grilled Pork Ribs with Homemade Barbecue Sauce 1
Slather on the sauce this Fourth of July! (recipe here)

Almost everything's better with barbecue sauce, including hot summer celebrations. I've been making this sort of tangy, sort of sweet, basic tomato-based barbecue sauce for over a dozen years. I love it slathered on grilled pork ribs, with extra sauce on the side for dipping, but you can put it on chicken, burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, brisket, sausage links, even fries.

Hungry for more than sauce? Wipe off your fingers and check out America's Best BBQ: 100 Recipes from America's Best Smokehouses, Pits, Shacks, Rib Joints, Roadhouses, and Restaurants, a 224-page awesome ode to 'cue. I went hog wild as soon as I flipped it open.

Along with the standard ribs, rubs, sauces, beans, potato salad, and coleslaw, there are recipes for everything from Jamaican jerk hog wings, fried cheese steak grits, jalapeno hushpuppies, fried okra, and vidalia onion dip to barbecued pork steaks with chunky applesauce, lobster stuffed with smoked seafood, rib gumbo, and Bar-B-Q spaghetti.

Anyone for Red's barbecued raccoon or some grilled rattlesnake?

If you love BBQ, you're probably going to love this book even if you never make a single recipe, because the collection of full-color photos of signage, menus, memorabilia, restaurant dining rooms, smiling pit masters, and of course plenty of mouthwatering food is wonderful.

America's Best BBQ offers a tour of the 'best swine dining establishments' from coast to coast, so if you love seeking out new 'cue, then get your hands on a copy, grab a map, and start planning your next road trip.

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

©, where there can never be too much barbecue sauce—or cloth napkins.


  1. I'm off to check out that book!!

  2. And a happy, healthy safe Fourth to you and Joe, Susan, thanks for all the smiles and calories you provide on a daily basis.

  3. There's an award for you here:

  4. Your BBQ Sauce looks delicious. I'm making BBQ Brisket, Homemade Ice Cream, and a Peach Cobbler for the 4th. I hope you have a safe and great holiday weekend.

  5. Yum! We are having bar-b-Q later in the week. Can't wait.

  6. Yummy! Hope ya'll and the critters had a happy 4th.

  7. looks very good. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon,PA

  8. That photo is especially enticing! I just might have to check out this cook book.

  9. I love to grill and to use local BBQ sauce on it. We buy at the Farmers' Market, and we recently found a local meat market that also carries our favorite.


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