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Friday, July 15, 2011

Have You Had Your Fill Of Barbecue Yet?

Our very favorite place for BBQ ribs closed a few years ago and recently our most convenient place for ribs closed as well. That sent us scrambling for where to get some great ribs for Fourth of July. We were a bit disappointed in what we found at a restaurant near us that specialized in wings. Still, they were flavorful but left us wanting more.

There are usually several BBQ rib cookoffs in our area in a summer and I was curious to see where else there might be opportunity for those delicious staples of the season. Well, there are all sorts of places all over the country! Cookoffs, festivals, you name it there are still lots of opportunities to indulge. Check the listings at the BBQ Festival Directory for a place near you.

And if you're in the mood for BBQ chicken, here's my mom's recipe for the sauce. She also marinated her chicken in Italian dressing for a few hours and then gave it a good start in the oven before finishing it off on the grill.

Mom's BBQ Sauce

Melt 1/4# (1 stick) butter or margarine in small saucepan. Add 1 small can tomato paste. Mix together with the following:
1/3 c. cider vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion salt
1 tsp. dry mustard
3 Tbl. worchestershire sauce

Stirr and simmer for 5 minutes. Apply to chicken when almost done grilling.

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