Today is Lammas and I’m taking a small moment to wish everyone a happy Harvest day. More importantly, I’m sharing my recipe for a barbecue sauce I created this morning. We’re having smoked pork that will become pulled pork and lots of fun foods.  Who knows, I might share a couple more recipes to enjoy this summer time. First things first- I love barbecue sauce, including the stuff that I buy at the store. But I recently discovered how freaking easy it is to make barbecue sauce that I might never go back to store bought. These are the things you learn when you love food like I do. Plus, what’s fun is that this is not just barbecue sauce, but a rub base for your meats!

Cyn’s Con Job Rub

1 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup kosher salt

Mix this together in a large bowl. Then add the following herbs to your taste. This rub is tangy and sweet. The more you put hot stuff in, the hotter  and tangier it becomes.

Herbs to add:

ground cumin, cayenne pepper

smoked paprika, garlic powder

onion powder, dried cilantro, italian seasoning

Mix this into the brown sugar/salt mixture. Shake or blend until thoroughly mixed. Once you do this, you can rub/pat this on your meat of any kind (It’s fantastic on ribs, pork, chicken!) and let sit on the meat for about an hour before cooking. You can put this into a tightly sealed container and keep up to 4 months.

 

Cyn’s Barbecue Sauce

For the barbecue sauce, it’s even simpler to make!

Take 1/2 cup of the Con Job Rub put it in a pan. Turn on the heat to be about medium. As it begins to melt add in one can (up to 15 ounces) of tomato sauce. Mix together and let it lightly boil until it reduces by half. Keep stirring about every ten minutes or so, to prevent burning and sticking as it thickens up. Turn it down to low heat and add in one tablespoon of ketchup. Mix and stir every so often to prevent sticking. Once it reaches the desired thickness, turn off heat and let cool. Pour into a container with a good cover that seals. Store in refrigerator for up to 4-6 weeks. That’s it. Simple, effective and delicious to boot!

 

Just some fun things you can do this summer or even into this fall. One of the great things about grilling and smoking, you can do it year round- even in areas that get snow! *shudders*
Happy Lammas and may the gods and goddesses bless you all!