Saturday, February 25, 2012

Oh my Gosh, BBQ Sauce (from scratch)

My conversation with my husband last night went a little something like this...
"Did you get BBQ sauce for the ribs?"
"Um..I forgot"
"What are we going to do?"
(We had already both had a cocktail)
"Can we make it?"
"I guess we can try"
And out of this banter came some of the best BBQ sauce I have ever had! And I grew up in Texas!!
Give it a try for yourselves.

4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup whiskey
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups of ketchup
1 can tomato paste
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons liquid smoke (many are gluten free, just look for one without Barley, like Wright's)
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce (Lea and Perrins is gluten free)
1/4 cup brown sugar (up to 1/2 cup to taste)
1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce

This one is EASY! Throw it all in a pot and bring to a boil. Turn it down to simmer for 20 minutes so it can thicken. Slather it on thickly and ENJOY!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Super Bowl Snacks!

Okay, I have had to learn to love football, even though (keep this one to yourselves folks) I was a cheerleader. So, to make game days more palatable, I have become the game-day snack maker. The Super Bowl is a very special occasion and calls for me to break out the big scoring snacks. This year, I am including you all in our party; you just have to make these for your brood.

Jalapeno Bacon Poppers: (makes 24)
 (adapted from Allrecipes)
12 jalapenos cut in half lengthwise and seeded
1 small package of soft goat cheese
12 slices of bacon, cut in half.

Fill the cut and seeded jalapenos with goat cheese then wrap the bacon around the popper to secure the cheese. Set jalapenos on a cooking sheet and broil until the bacon is crisp (about 10 minutes). Serve with mango chutney or jelly for a sweet kick.

Chicken drumsticks and wings:
1/4 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup potato starch
1/4 cup bean or coconut flour (I am deviating here from sorghum because it is too soft)
(Or make life easy and get Bob's Red Mill flour mix. I won't recommend it for baked goods, but here it works)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup olive oil
1 clove minced garlic
1/2 cup hot pepper sauce (Frank's RedHot and Melinda's Hot Sauces are both gf)

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Put flour, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt in a bag. Place wings and drumsticks into the bag and shake to coat. Put coated chicken onto a cooking sheet and baste with olive oil and garlic. Baste a second time with hot sauce, then bake the chicken for 45 minutes, turning halfway through. Serve with your favorite blue cheese dressing!

Enjoy the game and go Niners....oh yeah, they are not go eat!