And when Mike cooks our barbecued chicken on the grill, he will use homemade barbecue sauce. I stumbled across this recipe five or ten years ago. I made a few modifications to the original recipe and we've been using it almost exclusively ever since.
Spicy Barbecue Sauce
2 cups apple cider vinegar
7 or 8 Tbsp. lemon juice (I count 7 and don't worry if I splash a little extra)
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups (1 quart) ketchup
1/2 Tbsp. cayenne pepper
3 Tbs. mustard (I prefer yellow but any mustard works)
2 Tbs. salt
3/4 Tbs black pepper
Tabasco sauce to taste (I use 4 or 5 shakes of the bottle)
Mix the vinegar, lemon juice and sugar in a large sauce pot and bring to a boil.
Add remaining ingredients and boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Pour hot sauce into glass storage containers and seal. Once cooled, refrigerate until needed.
The recipe makes about six cups of sauce. I usually store mine in pint or quart sized Mason jars. It lasts almost forever in the refrigerator and the recipe is easy enough to make even when you only need a little bit.
Besides the joy of having Mike cook dinner for me... Today's joy feature is,
Really, I'm not still rambling on about Christmas. I just have a thing for candy canes. I buy tons of extra boxes of them each year. Several years ago I discovered that when I go on a health kick and decide to quit eating junk food and/or desert ("desert" meaning an entire giant bag of M&Ms or the entire pan of brownies....) I can eat a candy cane after dinner and be fine. No late night sugar or salty food cravings. And while I realize the candy cane is basically pure sugar, it's a lot less sugar than an entire giant bag of M&Ms. And after a week or two of eating a full sized candy cane, I can cut it down to half a candy cane without withdrawal symptoms. In other words, candy canes are my go-to health/diet food. And they bring me joy!