The one thing I hear over and over again is that people back home are jealous of the great weather we have here in Southern California. I have to admit that I’d be a little jealous of me too when the rest of the country was under mountains of snow. I promise you that sometimes I get a little homesick so it’s not all butterflies and roses. Unlike most of my friends when I get homesick I cannot just jump in the car and go to the place I came from and the plane trip would be too expensive. It is in those moments that I have to recreate things from home to bring back those memories through smell and taste.
If there is one thing Tennesseans love it is delicious BBQ. Memphis style is one of the more famous varieties, and if you ask me it’s the best. There is nothing I love more than the sweet smell and taste of Memphis style BBQ. People in LA will rave about this or that BBQ place that provides just the Southern taste that I’m looking for yet I think most fail to compete. It’s hard to provide that deliciousness if you don’t have true Southern roots. My favorite place no longer exists so I settle for second best. The truth is though that I knew it was time to master one of my favorite tastes for myself. That is why today we made a special BBQ sauce to share with you.
I wasn’t in the mood for ribs today, but I decided chicken would hit the spot. Chicken tenders were even better, because they would cook quicker. It’s super important at this juncture in our lives. We are so busy with meetings and other wedding planning shenanigans that quick and easy are the way to go. This weekend alone we had meetings with two religious leaders and had to decide on the wedding playlist. If you know anything about me by now, you’ll know that this was no easy task. Music is my life. I think that is another thing that goes hand in hand with good BBQ. So maybe you should put on a little BB King while you eat this deliciousness.
I paired tonight’s dinner with a few more of my Southern favorites corn and green beans. I think there was always some kind of bean on my plate as a kid. Who doesn’t love a good pinto bean and onion dinner? Oh wait that’s just us Southerners isn’t it? Well if you haven’t tried it then you are missing out. Anyway when you need a taste of the South then you’ll want to try this BBQ sauce with a few of your favorite vegetables.
YVONNE’S SWEET AND TANGY BBQ SAUCE
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
- 4 teaspoons mustard powder
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1. Mix all ingredients in a pot.
- 2. Bring contents to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes.
- 3. Let cool.