Sweet Molasses Barbecue Sauce

 sweet molasses barbecue sauce

Sweet Molasses Barbecue Sauce

  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup ketchup (or up to 1 cup)
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • ½ to 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse salt (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Whisk together all sauce ingredients in a large bowl.  Transfer to a jar with a tight fitting lid and refrigerate.

This sauce will last in the fridge for at least a month.

 

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Chicken Kabobs with Sweet Molasses Barbecue Sauce

chicken kabobs with sweet molasses barbecue sauce

Kabobs are my kind of barbecue dish — quick to cook and virtually fool proof, especially for chicken.

I have too many childhood memories of community chicken barbecues where I was served chicken legs that were black and crispy on the outside and still raw in the middle.  They looked so good on the outside but you just couldn’t eat them.

I don’t want to stress over my chicken and I don’t want to be poking it to pieces during grilling to see if it’s cooked.

No, chicken kabobs are the way to go, especially these chicken kabobs with sweet molasses barbecue sauce.

chicken kabobs with sweet molasses barbecue sauce

With this recipe you get that chicken barbecue feeling, complete with a slathering of old fashioned tasting barbecue sauce, and you get meat that’s cooked just right.

This simple barbecue sauce is no-cook – you just mix up the ingredients and set the meat to marinate. Feel free to adjust the ingredient quantities if you’d like more spice, or add a dash of hot sauce, or may be a bit more smoked paprika, or some minced onion….

chicken kabobs with sweet molasses barbecue sauce

Kabobs are a great dish for entertaining too because there is no slicing or carving involved. Single servings on a stick and grab two if you’re hungry.

This finger-food versatility of kabobs makes them ideal for summer.

Chicken Kabobs with Sweet Molasses Barbecue Sauce

Sweet Molasses Barbecue Sauce

  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup ketchup (or up to 1 cup)
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • ½ to 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse salt (optional)

 

  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast or thigh, cut into chunks or strips
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro

Instructions:

  1. Whisk together all sauce ingredients in a large bowl. Remove half of sauce to a jar and add chicken to the bowl.
  2. Cover and place chicken in fridge to marinate for two hours to overnight.

When ready to cook:

  1. Preheat grill to medium or preheat oven broiler.
  2. Thread chicken pieces onto skewers, shaking off extra sauce (soak skewers in cold water for 30 minutes beforehand, if they’re wooden)
  3. Grill until done, turning once after 5 minutes. (Total time will depend on size of your chicken pieces)
  4. Drizzle with additional sauce and sprinkle with cilantro before serving.

 

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A Victoria Day Weekend Menu

sauce and salad
I recall years when I swam on Victoria Day weekend, or at least got dunked, and my kids usually do the same. A right of spring I suppose and a way to kick off that summer feeling.

No one but the dog has been in the water so far this year.

But just because we’re having a slow spring doesn’t mean that we need to fall behind with barbecue season.

I know lots of people who barbecue all year long but for many  of us, Victoria Day weekend kicks off barbecue season.

To give you that summer feeling here are  some menu ideas for Victoria Day, meals that can be cooked on the barbecue or brought indoors if the weather is out of sorts.

Victoria Day Weekend Menu ideas:

 

Uncle George’s Beer Barbecue Sauce:

We credit my Uncle George with making our summer barbecue much better when he shared his recipe for barbecue sauce way back in the 1970s.

beer barbecue sauce

 

Finger food just suits summer. If you’re a fan of tender and messy ribs we have two great recipes for you:  Bourbon Baby Back Ribs and Spice Rubbed Ribs with Molasses Slather.

Bourbon baby back ribs spice rubbed ribs with molasses slather

Who doesn’t love wings? No matter the weather these Sticky Asian Wings are the treat that my kids always clamour for. Cook these in the oven or on the grill.

sticky asian wings

What’s a cookout without potato salad? Our version is warm weather friendly, dressed in a molasses vinaigrette rather than mayo. It’s loaded with vegetables and tastes best at room temperature.

potato salad with molasses vinaigrette non-mayonaise

For those of you who prefer more vegetables, our Snow Pea and Red Pepper Salad is a great addition to the barbecue buffet.

crunchy Snow pea and red pepper salad

Top off your weekend barbecue with summery ice cream sandwiches made with chewy chocolate molasses cookies. This recipe is great for homemade s’mores too.

chewy chocolate molasses cookies

I hope that your holiday weekend is filled with warm and welcoming gatherings, summer food and the feeling that we have finally shed winter.

 

 

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Beer barbecue sauce – let summer begin!

Homemade beer barbecue sauce takes just minutes to make

This is that last day of school for my kids so the official kick off to summer in my books. The occasion calls for a summer barbecue to celebrate two months of freedom and a break from the morning rush.

This beer barbecue sauce recipe came from my Uncle George decades ago. He was very into grilling and we were not so this recipe helped us along.

Use it on chicken, steak, vegetables or whatever else you like to grill. It’s great for oven “barbequing” too.

Beer barbecue sauce

  • ½ cup Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup chilli sauce
  • 1 tsp. Worstershire sauce
  • ½ cup minced onion
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • ½ cup beer
  1. Combine in a saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Brush barbecue sauce on grillables during the last few minutes of grilling. (If you brush it on too early the sauce will burn before your meat is cooked through.)

Homemade beer barbecue sauce takes just minutes to make

Pulled Pork with Molasses

Pulled Pork with Molasses

Pulled Pork with Molasses

Ingredients:

Dry Rub
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp smoky paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2½ Tbsp kosher salt
  • 5 lb pork shoulder
  • 1½ cup Fancy Molasses
  • 4 Tbsp oil
  • 2 onions
  • 400 mL coffee
Molasses Barbeque Sauce

*Yields 3 cups

  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2 – 840 mL cans plum tomatoes
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1 cup coffee
  • 1 cup fancy molasses
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Dry Rub
  1. Mix the 9 dry rub ingredients together and rub the pork shoulder vigorously. Place meat in a dish and pour the molasses over the meat to coat. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for a day. In a hot casserole dish, add oil and brown all sides of the pork. Add onions, coffee and the marinade left in the dish. Cover the meat with parchment paper. Seal the pot with tin foil and put a cover on.
  2. Place in a 275°F oven for 4 hours or until the meat is falling apart.
Molasses Barbecue Sauce

Sauté the onions. Add the remaining ingredients in a pot and simmer over low heat for 45 minutes. Season to taste and press through a strainer or a food mill.

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