Saturday, August 25, 2012

Dad Guy's Kick@ss BBQ Sauce


CHB’s Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce

1¾ c. dark brown sugar (packed)
2 c. ketchup
1 c. water
¾ c. cider vinegar
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
1 c. dark corn syrup
1 c. molasses
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. garlic pepper
1 Tbsp. Liquid Smoke flavoring
1 Tbsp. prepared mustard
1 tsp. onion salt
1 tsp. celery salt
1 tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. coriander
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. smoked (or spicy) paprika
1 jalapeƱo, finely chopped
1 to 2 ghost peppers, finely chopped (leave this out if you don’t like hot & spicy BBQ sauce)
  • In a large sauce pan (or small stock pot) combine all ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 15 to 45 minutes (the longer it simmers, the more the flavors will blend).
  • Remove from heat; cool before serving.
 The quantities in this recipe will create a BBQ sauce that serves approximately 60.

(This BBQ sauce recipe, combined with a roast pig, won third place at the 2012 Cookout For A Cause in Chadron, NE.)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Kale Chips

Kale Chips ala ~DKBB~

I love kale and use it in several dishes, but we've discovered that our very favorite way to eat it is as chips. It sounds odd, but it is really good!

If you are lucky enough to have kale growing in your garden, pick it when the leaves are medium sized (the bigger leaves work for this, but the medium and small ones are better).

Kale leaves
Olive oil
Kosher salt
Cracked pepper
  • Cut stems from leaves, wash well and dry.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and lay out the kale leaves on it in a single layer.
  • Drizzle olive oil over kale (don't over do it, but don't skimp either).
  • Sprinkle kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper over all.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes (until kale is dry, but not burned).
We cook these on the top rack of the gas grill (who wants to heat up the kitchen by running the oven in the summer?!). The first time I made these, my husband was borderline appalled, until he tried them. Now he is a happy convert.