Spicy Sweet BBQ Sauce

Spicy Sweet BBQ SauceSpicy Sweet BBQ Sauce

Right now it may seem that summer will never get here, but soon it will be grilling time. Will you be ready???

Summer grilling requires a knock your socks off BBQ Sauce…….Spicy Sweet BBQ Sauce is your new go-to BBQ.

Sweet, spicy, and thick this sauce will give you perfect bbq chicken, juicy tangy, sweet, spicy, ribs. And in a recipe I will post soon, oh what it does to a flank steak.

Spicy Sweet BBQ Sauce

The debate over bbq sauce is never ending, Alabama White Sauce, the array of Carolina Sauces, Kansas City Sauce, or Texas Style, all boast being the best.

Personally I prefer a sweet sauce with a touch of spice. I like a sauce with brown sugar for it’s molassesy flavor……when you grill with it you get those crispy burnt edges that make bbq.

Spicy Sweet BBQ Sauce

Spice is equally as important, just a touch of back ground heat and besides with Tim….it always needs to be spicy!

No matter your grill choice get ready for the summer BBQ season with our Spicy Sweet BBQ Sauce!
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Spicy Sweet BBQ Sauce

Spicy Sweet BBQ Sauce

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

1 – 20 ounce bottle of your favorite ketchup
½ tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon ground mustard
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
½ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
½ tablespoon black pepper
½ cup apple cider vinegar
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried red chili flakes


Instructions

Whisk all the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat
and bring to a low boil.
Reduce heat to simmer. Simmer over low heat for 20 minutes, whisking occasionally. Watch closely during the last 5-10 minutes to make sure the sauce does not burn. The same will thicken during those last minutes of cooking.
Remove from heat and allow to cool. Use right away or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


Notes

Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month.

 

Watermelon Caprese Cups with Balsamic Glaze

Once the first of July hits, we are in summer! What is summer without watermelon??? For a new twist on the quintessential fruit of summer…… Watermelon Caprese Cups with Balsamic Glaze.Watermelon Caprese Cups with Balsamic Glaze Let me just say, I had never had watermelon with anything other than salt or vodka (back in the day). Who doesn’t love a nice cold piece of watermelon on a sultry hot days in the middle of summer?

Watermelon Caprese Cups with Balsamic Glaze

A couple of years ago I made Spinach Watermelon Salad
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Tuscan Tortellini Salad

Summer Salad……… Tuscan Tortellini Salad.

Tuscan Tortellini Salad

Summer salads are the best……cool, fresh veggies, in yummy, light dressings….makes my mouth water at the thought.

Pasta salads are some of my favs. I really like tortellini for summer pasta salads. Filled with cheese, or meats they are little packets bursting with flavor.

Tuscan Tortellini Salad

I like to use Barilla’s Cheese & Spinach tortellini, egg pasta folded around creamy Ricotta cheese and tender spinach, and pinched into a distinctive ring shape. And they are cute!!!

Tortellini……Italian………Tuscan……..I feel a flavor profile coming together.

Tuscan Tortellini Salad

Sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, cherry tomatoes, bocconcini, and sopressata.
Sopressata is similar to hard salami, and it can also be spicy!
Tim and I had sopressata on a pizza in Las Vegas at Wolf Gang Pucks restaurant. It was spicy and delicious.

Tuscan Tortellini Salad

I think the bocconcini mozzarella balls are the cutest little things. Bocconcini means little bites in Italian…….too cute!

A simple vinaigrette of olive oil, white balsamic vinegar…….I have been using this lately as it doesn’t discolor dishes like regular balsamic does…….a pinch of sugar, salt, and pepper.

Tuscan Tortellini Salad
This salad is easy to make and can be kept for several days…….in my opinion, it was even better the next day. The flavors melded together soon nicely.

Pair the Tuscan Tortellini Salad with grilled meat, or add a nice loaf of your favorite Italian bread, and a glass of your favorite beverage and you have a summer salad thats sure to please……..

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Tuscan Tortellini Salad

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 1- 13 ounce package Barilla cheese & spinach tortellini 1/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces sopressata or other Italian style meat, chopped
  • 1 cup baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 8 ounce package of fresh mozzarella balls (bocconcini)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 c. Parmesan, shredded

Instructions

  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain and transfer to large serving bowl.
  2. For the dressing: Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  3. To the tortellini in the bowl, add sopressata, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, basil, parsley, and dressing tossing until well combined.
  4. Garnish with Parmesan.