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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Julie’s rhubarb barbecue sauce

rhubarb barbecue sauce is tangy and sweet

I still have a bit of rhubarb in the fridge and plan to raid a friend’s patch on the weekend so I’ll have some in the freezer. When it’s snowing in February I like to make summer pies and pretend…

In the meantime I’m enjoying using up lots of fresh rhubarb and settling into the summer-ish weather that has finally come our way. My kids have been swimming in the river and the brook, they’re wearing shorts to school and I have stocked up on sunscreen.

rhubarb barbecue sauce is tangy and sweet

But we haven’t pulled the barbecue out yet.

I love the idea of barbecuing but I lack talent and know-how. There is also the fear factor.

May be it was one too many half-cooked, half burned chicken legs at community barbecues while I was growing up. Although more than likely my aversion is related to the jury-rigged gas barbecues I grew up with.

Why is it the handy starter button always conked out?

We’d end up poking a lit match through the little hole in the side of the BBQ, and hope for the best.

There are videos on YouTube of people who do things like that.

As a result, I do a lot of “oven” barbecuing. Works for me.

rhubarb barbecue sauce is tangy and sweet

Now let me tell you how great rhubarb is in a BBQ sauce. The sour, puckering flavour of rhubarb is a perfect foil for the tangy sweet of molasses and the cooked rhubarb gives the sauce lovely texture. This recipe would work with frozen rhubarb too.

 

Julie’s Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce recipe

Slightly adapted from Dinner with Julie blog

  • 2-3 large stalks of rhubarb, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. grainy mustard (or Dijon mustard)
  1. In a small saucepan simmer the rhubarb with the water until the rhubarb is very soft.
  2. In a medium pot sauté the onions in the oil until soft but not brown. Add the garlic and cook another minute.
  3. Add the rhubarb mixture along with the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer; cook for 10-15 minutes, until the mixture thickens.
  4. Puree

Makes about 2 cups. From Dinner with Julie

rhubarb barbecue sauce is tangy and sweet

Try my Uncle George’s Beer Barbecue Sauce recipe

Beer barbecue sauce recipe

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Quick coffee toffee sauce

Coffee toffee sauce

I have a friend who makes supper special for her kids every night of the week.

On Monday they have an upside-down supper, so start with dessert. On Tuesday her daughter chooses her favourite dish and on Wednesday it’s her son’s turn. Then there’s dessert surprise night, supper surprise night and breakfast-for-supper night. (I forget the seventh).

She has her kids totally engaged in mealtime and has turned what was once plain old suppertime into an exciting event all week long. The added bonus: it’s actually a great approach to meal planning.

I was thinking about how to fit “dessert surprise night” into a busy schedule and toffee sauce came to mind.

A sticky sauce is the best way I know to turn a basic cake or dish of ice cream into an irresistible dessert. There’s something about the way sauce dribbles down the side of a slice of cake and pools on the plate that lends an air of decadence. And a warm sauce over ice cream is something magical. The coffee twist in this sauce is a tasty change from chocolate or plain butterscotch. Try serving it over chocolate gingerbread.

 Quick coffee toffee sauce

  • ½ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ cup Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ½-1 tsp instant espresso powder or instant coffee*
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together water and cornstarch.
  2. Stir in molasses, brown sugar and butter.
  3. Bring to a gentle simmer and stir until butter melts, sugar dissolves and sauce is smooth and begins to thicken (less than 5 minutes).
  4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and coffee.

*If you don’t have instant coffee or espresso, simply substitute  ½ cup brewed coffee for the water in step 1. The end result will be a sauce with a stronger coffee flavour.

So you tell me…Which would you rather eat…

This piece of cake…

Or this piece of cake…

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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