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Tangy Coffee Barbecue Sauce

I realized the other day that I have a ton, I mean a ton, of recipes for barbecue sauce.  And yet I continue to buy chicken breasts but leave them in the freezer because who wants to eat plain old chicken breast?  It never occurs to me to pull out one of these recipes and actually make a barbecue sauce to add some pizzazz to baked or grilled chicken.  This past weekend when I was paging through my recipes, I kept stopping at these sauces and suddenly realized I already have the ingredients to make most of them, like this Tangy Coffee Barbecue Sauce.  Duh!  So long boring chicken!

Ketchup and coffee are the basis for this sauce which is simmered together with a little brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, and chili powder.  Black pepper, balsamic vinegar and soy sauce are added at the end to give it and even bigger zing.  Add it to chicken, pork, beef or even veggies for a little extra zip.  ‘Tis approaching barbecue season so don’t go and get one of those bottled preservative messes, make some scrumptious sauce of your own.  It’s cheaper and tastes so much better!


The ingredients:


Combine ketchup, coffee, brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, and chili powder in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.


Remove from heat; stir in pepper, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce.



Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:  None

Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  Cooking Light Magazine

Turkey Sloppy Joes

Were you one of those kids whose mom/dad opened up canned sloppy joe sauce and “made” sloppy joes for dinner? Well, I’m proud to say that I wasn’t. What I am not proud to admit is that I have absolutely no idea how my mom made sloppy joes from scratch or what she put in it. Or maybe it was my dad who made them.  Anyway, I think maybe there was some ketchup and maybe there was some mustard. And maybe some brown sugar. Beyond that, I’m clueless. As easy of a recipe as it seems, I honestly didn’t have the first clue as to how to make sloppy joes from scratch. Now, I introduce you to Turkey Sloppy Joes. I think I’ve bought canned sloppy joe sauce once in my life, which shows how little I eat said sandwiches. Until now.

I’m assuming we used to enjoy sloppy joes in the summer because for no good reason, it seems like a summer food to me (even though there is nothing “warm weather” about standing over a stove stirring ground meat and sauce). I’m happy to say that after making these Turkey Sloppy Joes, I’m feeling confident about making them again in the future…and soon. Made with tomato sauce, brown sugar, barbecue sauce, and Worcestershire sauce, this was everything you want in a sloppy joe – sweet, tangy, sloppy, and finger-licking. Just for kicks and giggles, try this next time you are in the mood for a sloppy mess of a sandwich.

The ingredients:

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the turkey, onion, and garlic. Cook, breaking the meat up with a spoon, until browned and fully cooked.

In a medium bowl, combine the tomato sauce, brown sugar, barbecue sauce, and Worcestershire. Mix into the turkey mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes.

Spoon into your favorite bun and keep some napkins nearby.

Additions: None

Omissions: None

Substitutions: None

Source: Real Simple Magazine

Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sliders

A quick and easy recipe from Cooking Light – especially if you already have cooked chicken on hand.  I cooked skinless, boneless chicken breasts on my Cuisinart Griddler and shredded them with a fork.  I didn’t have onion powder or any onions so I used a small shallot instead and replaced the mini buns with 100% whole wheat hamburger buns (which yields 1 sandwich per serving instead of 2 minis).  The bread and butter pickles add a nice flavor bite to the sandwich.

Additions: None

Omissions: None


  • Shallot for onion powder
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts for rotisserie chicken breasts
  • Whole wheat hamburger buns for mini buns

Overall Rating: Love It

Source:  Cooking Light Magazine

Try it with: Broccoli Slaw

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