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Carolina BBQ Sauce

So the other day I made pulled pork. As it was cooking away in the crockpot while I worked, a thought hit me. I really didn’t feel like the “traditional” sweet red sauce. I was really craving something more vinegary ~ or as many know it~ Carolina BBQ sauce.

When we lived in Austin, I often purchased the Salt Lick’s BBQ sauce which had a vinegar undertone. It was my absolute fav. Now, I know I can probably buy it online, but that is NOT cheap folks! Enter this recipe.

As you can see, we didn’t like it at all. Not one bit.

Yeah, obviously that was a total lie. It is amazing. IF you like vinegar. If not, skip this one 🙂

  • 1/4-1/3 c. prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 c. light brown sugar
  • 1.5 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • 4 tsp water

In a medium sauce pan, mix all ingredients except the cornstarch & water. Bring to a boil. Turn down to simmer. In a small dish mix the cornstarch & water until well combine. Slowly drizzle the cornstarch mixture into the sauce pan while constantly whisking the mixture (so as to avoid clumping). Simmer until the sauce thickens (just a few minutes). Then cool and store in the fridge.

We used this with pulled pork that I made in the crockpot. Loved it. Will certainly make it again!


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It’s Thanksgiving & I totally forgot…

To buy poultry seasoning.

When we left ATX, I threw all of the old stuff out. Unfortunately, I did not remember this action until about 6:00am this morning.

Homemade poultry seasoning it is!!


Good thing I just bought a coffee ginder… it works wonderfully for spices too!

Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

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Fresh Herbs! Dill & Chive Sauce

Ever since watching Food Inc. Steve & I have been trying to change our food habits. Part of that change was a switch to eating organic chicken. Let me tell ya folks~ organic chicken is EXPENSIVE!!! I used to buy a HUGE package of chicken at Sams Club for around $15. Now I buy two chicken breasts for $8-$10 YIKES! But the TASTE is SO much better~ which I keep telling myself…makes it worth it! However, we are eating a bit less meat these days than normal. This dish is an example of a typical meat meal in our household: green beans (frozen), chicken breast, and parmesan couscous.

I wanted to snaz this chicken up just a bit~ and so I dug around in the fridge to see what was available! I had some fresh dill & chives that had been sitting for a few days, so I decided it was time to break them out! This sauce is SUPER simple~ but Steve just raved about it 🙂 Five ingredients!

Dill & Chive Sauce

  • 1/4 c. low fat Mayo made with olive oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp grey poupon mustard
  • 3 sprigs of fresh dill, minced
  • Chives minced, 1 quarter size circumference of chives
  • Pepper to taste

We just put a dollop on each chicken breast & viola! Instant flavor!

This dip is FANTASTIC as leftovers as well. Day two, I blended up the remaining chicken breast with the left over sauce & make a very flavorful chicken salad. I think I almost liked the chicken salad better than the chicken dinner!

Hope you enjoy this fresh dip as much as we did!

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