Top Secret BBQ Sauce

>> Thursday, November 13, 2014

This BBQ sauce recipe has been a favorite for pulled pork in our household for a number of years. Originally created by a good friend of ours, we tease him often about marketing his "secret recipe". It's easy to make and tastes delicious!

I've found that if I start this sauce early in the day and let it simmer on a very low heat, stirring often, it thickens up nicely and the flavors seem to multiply.

2 Tbsp oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 1/4 cups Ketchup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1 Tbsp chili powder

Saute onion and garlic in oil until tender. Add rest of ingredients and simmer 15-20 minutes (minimum), stirring often.

Can be refrigerated.

My favorite way to use this sauce is over pork. I often put a boneless pork loin in my crock pot the night before we need it. I smother it with thinly sliced onions and let it cook on low all night long. The next day I pull the pork apart, put it in a large baking dish and cover it with BBQ sauce. Then I cover it with foil and slow bake it (250 degrees) for about an hour.


Cherry Torte

>> Saturday, March 16, 2013

There are so many occasions when this beautiful dessert would be the perfect choice. Christmas, Valentine's Day, bridal shower ... or even just because you crave something silky and sweet. People will be impressed at how hard you worked to create this masterpiece ... and it's really quite easy!

1 cup butter
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
--Mix ingredients together until crumbly. Pat into a 13x9" baking dish. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven to a rack to cool. At the crust begins to cool, crumble with a fork. Then spread the crumbs evenly over the bottom of the baking dish.

Blend 1 - 8 oz package of softened cream cheese with 2 1/2 Tablespoons of milk. Add in 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Blend until creamy. Fold in 1 package of prepared Dream Whip (or two cups of Cool Whip). Spread over the crumb crust.

Top with your favorite pie filling (i.e. Cherry Comstock). Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Sour Cream Apple Pie

A tasty "upgrade" to a standard apple pie. This dessert is easy to make and tastes yummy! It is a nice change to an all-time favorite.

1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Mix ingredients well in a large mixing bowl. Add two cups of peeled and sliced apples (Granny Smiths work great). Toss apples to coat. Pour into a 9" unbaked pie shell.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with nut topping. Return to oven and bake 10 minutes more.

Nut Topping:
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup butter
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix until crumbly.



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