Monday, July 04, 2005


Fourth of July BBQ Sauce

I feel like shouting from the rooftops (if that were only acceptible behavior) about how much I L-O-V-E the 4th of July. Let me just say it loud and clear, I LOVE the 4th of July. And now, for your reading pleasure (bemusement and merriment) here is why:

It's non-denominational, and everyone can participate.
All you have to do is say you are celebrating, and you are.
No gifts required (A la Christmas)
No special outfits (Halloween)
Its really the only official (American anyway) holiday in the (warm) summer
Its celebrated outdoors (It can snow on Easter)
You are not obligated to be with anyone in particular (Valentines Day)
No traveling required or expected (Thanksgiving)
Its not a holiday you fret about making sure you do something extra cool (New Years Eve)
You can eat what you want (while grilling is common, its not like you are shunned if there is no turkey or something) and all the best food is in season
It culminates in FIREWORKS. Fireworks! I love fireworks.

Now go 4th and enjoy!

Rachael's Favorite B-B-Q sauce

1 large onion, rough chopped
4 cloves garlic
1 small red chile pepper (thai bird works well)
1/4 cup raisins soaked in
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup molassas
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup tomato ketchup
large pinch of cumin

In a food processor, combine the onion, garlic, chile and mince fine. Add the raisins and puree until smooth. Remove all and add to a saute pan to simmer with the rest of the ingredients for about 1 hour, add water as needed to keep it thick. Stirring often. Taste to adjust seasonings.

Will keep for up to one month in the refrigerator.


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You always have the yummiest sounding recipes (equals you KNOW it's going to be good), now I am going to have to try this as soon as I get Hubby to get a grill out here!
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