Saturday we missed the big Kid’s Karnival at Macey’s and I was really bummed.  Plus I was craving a hot dog or burger, especially once we got to Costco and their $1.25 Hot Dog combo was just screaming my name.  And the genius that my husband is, suggested that we should just buy a grill.

So we did.

Isn’t she a cute little one?

And we have been grilling ever since.  Tonight, we have big plans to try our hand at some pork chops or other meat we rarely eat with some Herr’s Baby Back Ribs Chips (they are so tasty!  I’ve only found them at Winco), some fresh fruit, and maybe a baked potato.

Yesterday, my husband made some chicken with some homemade BBQ sauce.  This is the best BBQ sauce I’ve ever tasted, and I don’t like BBQ sauce much.

Saturday we grilled up some Polish Dogs from Costco with some friends.  There’s nothing better than Polish Dogs with High-Fructose-Corn-Syrup-Free Hot Dog Buns, chips, friends, and some Mario Kart!


BBQ Sauce Recipe, courtesy Big Al


2 cups ketchup
2 cups tomato sauce
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 1/4 cups red wine vinegar
1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
4 teaspoons hickory-flavored liquid smoke
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper


In a large saucepan over medium heat, mix together the ketchup, tomato sauce, brown sugar, wine vinegar, molasses, liquid smoke and butter. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, paprika, celery seed, cinnamon, cayenne, salt and pepper.
Reduce heat to low, and simmer for up to 20 minutes. For thicker sauce, simmer longer, and for thinner, less time is needed. Sauce can also be thinned using a bit of water if necessary. Brush sauce onto any kind of meat during the last 10 minutes of cooking.


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