This was my first time making BBQ sauce and I definitely will make it again. I hate that most store bought sauces are too sweet and usually sweetened with corn syrup. I tweaked the recipe I found so that it went a little something like this:
1 cup vinegar*
6 oz can tomato paste
1/2 cup molasses (a bit of maple syrup or honey would be good, too)
2 teaspoons each cumin, garlic powder, and black pepper
1 teaspoon ground mustard
sprinkle of paprika or cayenne for a kick
salt to taste
Mix together, taste, adjust seasonings then let sit at room temperature at least one hour before refrigerating.
*I used 1/2 c white, 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar (ACV). The next time I make this I will use all ACV. White vinegar is cheap and I wasn't sure how this BBQ sauce would taste. I didn't want to use all ACV for the first trial.
Chicken Salad Wraps (lettuce wraps)
Brown Rice Salad
Zippy Potato Salad
Pioneer Woman's Sheet Cake
To drink, I served two kinds of tea and strawberry mint water. The strawberry mint water was a crowd favorite. (I wish I'd taken a picture of the pitcher - it is also very pretty.) To make it, fill a pitcher 3/4 with water, then add frozen strawberries - either whole or halved, then add a generous handful of fresh mint from your yard. Add ice to top off the pitcher. The strawberries and mint add a hint of flavor but not over whelming. When the pitcher gets low, just add more water and ice - no need to add more berries or mint. I've also done this with slices of cucumber and mint.