Recipes: Summertime Sauces

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With Father’s Day and July 4 on the horizon, summer grilling season is upon us. With the help of Executive Chef Michael Wismer of Kneader’s Bakery & Cafe, at-home chefs can have tasty homemade barbecue sauces and salad dressing to impress their party guests in just minutes.

For the Grill: 

Spicy BBQ Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (more or less, to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (32-oz.) bottle ketchup (such as Heinz)
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

Combine all ingredients and use as a marinade 12-24 hours in advance or brush on burgers, steaks, fish, chicken or pork during the last 5-10 minutes on the grill for a spicy, sweet sauce that’s sure to kick up your BBQ a notch. 

For the Side Salad (pictured): 

 Creamy BBQ Dressing:

  • 1 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/3 c. milk
  • 1/3 c. buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup BBQ sauce (feel free to use spicy bbq recipe already prepared above)

Combine all ingredients in a blender or bowl and whisk until smooth. Use as a delicious barbecue salad dressing, or alongside a veggie tray as a unique and tasty dip.

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