Homemade BBQ Sauce

Homemade BBQ Sauce Y’ll (I feel like y’ll is totally necessary since we are talking bbq…you have been warned). I’ve lived in one of the BBQ capitals of the country (what up Kansas City?!) and traveled to some of the others, but y’ll, nothing even begins to compare to my Mom’s sauce. It is the bees knees y’ll (are you sick of me saying y’ll, y’ll?) And better yet, it is made in one pan. Like the one-pot spaghetti….except this is one pot sauce. Obvi. And just like that the dilemma of what to make for this weekend’s bbq has been solved. Happy Friday (y’ll)!

quick and easy Homemade BBQ Sauce

Homemade BBQ Sauce
Makes about 2 cups

1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 cups of ketchup
1/3 cup worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon of molasses
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
A dash of salt
*Occasionally I will also add in a few tablespoons of orange juice

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Toss in the onions and garlic and saute for 10 minutes, or until they begin to wilt.

sauteed onions

Add in the remaining ingredients and turn the burner down to low.

how to make Homemade BBQ Sauce

Homemade BBQ Sauce ingredients

The sauce will be ready in 10 minutes, or if you wish, you can continue to simmer it for several hours. When it is done, it will be very thick and dark brown (like the picture below).

easy Homemade BBQ Sauce

To make bbq chicken- Prepare your meat with a little salt and pepper and begin to bake it at 350 degrees in a shallow glass pan. When it is about half way done, pull the pan out and baste the chicken with some of the sauce, making sure to completely cover all sides of the meat. Continue baking until the chicken is cooked through. Spread more sauce on top and serve any remaining bbq sauce on the side. The bbq chicken pairs nicely with homemade potato or macaroni salad.

easy Homemade BBQ chicken

To make bbq ribs- Season 2 slabs of ribs with salt and pepper. Tightly seal in foil and place on a baking sheet. Cook at 400 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Unseal the foil and cover the ribs with sauce. Broil on high for 3-4 minutes. The super juicy ribs will fall right off the bone! I love to serve this with coleslaw and cornbread, or charred corn salad.

Store any remaining sauce in an airtight container in the fridge.

15 Types of Burgers

Today I bring you a list of burgers (which wasn’t obvious at all from the title). Would you expect anything less of me than complete and total sabotage of your new year’s diet efforts?? (It’s basically already February, which means you’ve basically forgotten your New Year’s Resolutions….basically).

Runway Chef Burger

Anyways burgers are something we are slightly (read: obsessively) fans of in this household….according to my husband it should be acceptable to have them for every meal….every single day. To which I say “If you’re going to die young, I guess death by burgers is the way to go”. Nonetheless, all this burger eating has led us to discover some delicious, unique and incredible burger combinations. Like the one pictured above…

Runway Chef Burger An Apple and Peanut Butter Bacon Cheeseburger….yes, you did see that correctly. I read about something similar on a friend’s Facebook page and knew that I, of course, had to try it myself.

Runway Chef Burger Cook your burger (I always use lean ground turkey…gotta be healthy somehow, right??). Top with cheddar cheese (use a nice sharp, aged cheddar), then slices of crispy bacon (again, being “healthy” and using turkey bacon) and thin apple slices.

Runway Chef Burger

Top with a drizzle of peanut butter (I used crunchy and I heated it for about 15 seconds in the microwave to make it more of a liquid consistency).

Runway Chef Burger

If peanut butter and apples on a burger isn’t quite your thing (which is totally acceptable), check out one of our other combos below and let me know in the comments if you have any favorites!


*Hawaiian: Ground pork, grilled pineapple slices, grilled red onion ring, pepperjack cheese and a drizzle of teriyaki sauce

*French Onion Soup: Ground beef, swiss cheese & caramelized onions served on toasted french bread

*Italian: Fresh mozzarella, roasted eggplant and zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes and pesto on a ground turkey and sausage patty served on a toasted ciabatta roll

*Buffalo: Ground Bison chuck, buffalo sauce, blue cheese crumbles, sliced red onion, sliced tomatillo

*Southwest: Ground beef, Monterey jack cheese, tomato, onion, sliced avocado with a cilantro-lime mayo

*Greek: Ground lamb, feta cheese, sliced tomato, marinated grape leaves, tabouleh

*Fat Cowboy: Ground beef, cheddar cheese, bacon, pulled pork, onion rings, smothered in BBQ sauce and served on thick-cut Texas toast

*Vegan: Tofu patty, broccoli rabe, water chestnuts, sprouts, topped with a crunchy peanut satay sauce. Served in a grilled whole wheat wrap

*Islander: Tuna steak, sliced mango, sliced avocado, fresh sliced jalapeno, lettuce and topped with Sriracha mayo

*Thai Burger: Lean ground pork & turkey mix, topped with asian slaw, chopped cilantro and a drizzle of a spicy sesame and peanut sauce

*Gyro Burger: Ground lean beef seasoned with oregano, topped with red onions, tomatoes and a dill yogurt sauce

*Reuben Burger: Ground beef patty served on rye bread and topped with swiss, thousand island dressing, and coleslaw

*The Breakfast Burger (one I have yet to try): A ground beef patty topped with american cheese, crispy hash browns, bacon and a sunny-side-up egg

*Stuffed Jalapeno Burger (another one I haven’t tried, but looks amazing): Seasoned ground beef wrapped around a cheese stuffed jalapeno, then bacon wrap the entire burger and grill


P.S. This was my attempt at a Superbowl food post. I always get so excited for the Superbowl….in which I am referring to the food….and the drinks……and the commercials…oh and supposedly at some point some guys run around with a ball and then throw it at each other, right??! ;)