Last time we visited my brother and sister-in-law they made us a really great dinner. Smoked brisket with homemade BBQ sauce, perfectly ripe watermelon, rolls, salad, rice pilaf – a total feast – and we ate it all on the patio by their pool… on the most perfect 72 degree evening. Sometimes I think food tastes better when you eat it outside. I love how people tend to linger when dining outdoors. Maybe it’s because the kids get up and play and the adults get to just visit and sneak seconds. Maybe it’s because you are away from the mess in the kitchen so there’s no rush to get to the dishes and that makes the food more enjoyable.
New goal for Fall: eat out less, eat outside more!
My sister-in-law sent me the recipe she used for her BBQ sauce, and I made a few tweaks (mostly trying to make it sweeter because my boys are used to the bottled stuff) and came up with a really, yummy Homemade Honey BBQ Sauce. When I was making it and needed to taste test, there happened to be a few leftover chicken nuggets on a baking sheet from the boy’s lunch. So I dipped and tasted, and I then finished them all off right then and there. Wow, I thought, this sauce makes even Mickey Mouse shaped chicken nuggets taste good!
Later this week, I’ll share one of my favorite ways to use this BBQ sauce. My husband absolutely loved it and so did I, so you won’t want to miss it! Promise it’s a little better than the kiddie nuggets.
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- 2 cups ketchup
- 3 tablespoon dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons worchestershire
- 3 teaspoons liquide smoke
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- 4 tablespoons butter
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- salt to taste
- Stir all ingredients together in a medium sauce pan on medium high heat, stirring frequently. When the sauce comes to a simmer, turn the heat down to medium low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Refrigerate until ready to use.