National Eat What You Want Day. And it's beautiful weather for a cookout here in Laguna Beach. So I thought it would be a great time to share one of my favorite recipes for an outdoor get-together. It's actually my cousin, Melinda's, recipe so I have to give her credit, but I'm pretty sure it's right out of our Grandma Tillie's recipe box.
Mel's Texas BBQ Mop Sauce
1/4 cup butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup minced onion
3 stalks of celery, chopped
1 cup of water
1 beef bouillion cube
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup cider vinegar
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons spicy mustard
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons chili power
In a medium sauce pan melt the butter and then add the garlic, onion, and chopped celery. Saute them until they are lightly browned. Next add the water and the bouillion and stir until the cube is dissolved.
Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Let simmer for 15 minutes. This makes about 3 cups of sauce. The sauce can be used on beef brisket, pulled pork, or whatever you like. We mostly use it as a mop sauce which means we brush on the surface of the meat like a basting sauce during cooking. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
This recipe (along with a bunch of others including some of my pet treat recipes) is featured in the Cozy Food Cookbook along with 200+ recipes from 128 cozy mystery writers.
I hope you take some time this weekend to cookout and spend some time with friends. And I hope you'll check out some of the other fun recipes in the Cozy Food Cookbook for your next get-together.
Do you have a favorite cookout food or just a favorite food you'd choose on National Eat What You Want Day?
Sparkle Abbey is actually two people, Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter, who write the nationalbest-selling Pampered Pets cozy mystery series. They are pictured below with the real Sparkle and the real Abbey - their two rescue pets. They are friends as well as neighbors so they often get together and plot ways to commit murder. (But don't tell their other neighbors.)