Thursday, April 25, 2019

Spring, Slow Cooking, Pickling,

Maybe spring really is here. Its sunny today but not very warm. We went to get Matt's ears lowered, and when we got back to our apartment building, I got out of the car and could hear a chickadee. Don't remember hearing one in years. Made my heart lift.

Put our dinner on to slow cook this morning and will be anxious to see what it turns out like. I let my cleaner taste the Barbecue Sauce I made and she loved it so wanted the recipe. I must say I think it is delicious and so very easy to make. Posting it below. I have a slow cooker of course, but it is so huge, I hardly ever used it. Could feed the 5,000 with it I think. The Instant Pot is just a nice size for the pair of us. Wednesday Evening: The Cowboy Stew wasn't cooked after 10 hrs at medium. I decided the cook I got it from was wrong and gave it another 5 hours (ate something else for supper) on high and just checked it. Almost done. Will be Thursday's supper I guess.

Not too happy, I made a batch of brine a few days ago. Had some left over so put it in an old coffee jar which was sold as a storage jar many years ago. Matt and I could not open it for love nor money. Not only have I lost the brine, but the jar as well. Tried all the usual tricks, banging it on a hard surface and running hot water on it. No luck. Grrrr. Managed to do a couple of jars of pickles though.

A tip from me - I put the vinegar into the sugar before I added the ketchup. The vinegar does a nice, quick job of dissolving the sugar.

Barbecue Sauce

1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
2 1/2 Tbs dry mustard (Colman's if you want a good bite)
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
2 dashes hot pepper sauce

1. In a blender, combine brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, water and Worcestershire sauce. Season with mustard, paprika, salt, pepper, and hot pepper sauce. Blend until smooth.

Source: All Recipes

Author Notes
This will fill a 32 ounce ketchup bottle exactly. Cut back on the brown sugar to make it less sweet, or add more Worcestershire for more 'steak sauce' appeal.

Have a great day


  1. Sorry you couldn't get the jar open again.
    It was in the eighties here today.

    1. Hm, I goofed on the date again. Oh well. I can't believe it wouldn't open Alex. Think I have invented a new adhesive.

      Eighties, that has upset me. The asparagus would have loved that.

  2. Ugh. I just heard the "S" word on the weather report. Maybe I'll run up to the farmer's market this Saturday and see what they are selling here.

    1. Really, don't think they have that in our weather reports right now Denise. I haven't been to a farmer's market in years, I should do so.

  3. That is why BBQ sauce is so high in calories. So much sugar. (Ketchup already has a ton of sugar in it, too.)

    1. Never thought of that Diane. Thanks for reminding me.

  4. Sounds good that BBQ sauce! Sorry you couldn't get the jar open. That is such a pain.

    1. Yes it is a pain Lisa, it's a nice and useful jar too, or it was. The BBQ sauce is good.