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Original Q, Issue #030- blog, cold weather, faq
May 02, 2010

Get Another Drink and Try Again

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Table of Contents

Recent Website Additions and Updates

*Memorial Day Outdoor Fun (BBQ)
*A Day Like Any Other
*Cold Weather BBQing

Editors Qs
*Hipshot answers reader's questions

BBQ questions only please. I don't know everything.

Recent Website Additions

Memorial Day Outdoor Fun (BBQ)

Memorial Day is just around the corner. The official kickoff day of Summer. Be thinking about what to do and what to cook. You can plan a big party with lots of friends, or just grill some hot dogs and hamburgers for the kids. It's all good. Enjoy yourself and relax.

Take your time off seriously. It's just as important as your work. Relaxation is healthy, and this is a perfect opportunity.

Hopefully, you will have perfect weather in your neck of the woods. This is the time of year that I try to smoke and grill (here in Texas), because the weather is so nice.

Depending on where you live, your "grilling weather" may not have arrived yet. But fear not... it's coming. Come to think of it... somewhere in the world, there is perfect "grilling weather" every day.

Well, folks... I just wanted to remind you about Memorial Day approaching and wish you happy BBQing. .... And have another drink.

We all know that weather can sometimes be an obstacle. But when it comes to BBQ and the weather is not perfect, it's usually just a minor inconvenience.

Memorial Day Outdoor Fun (BBQ)

A Day Like Any Other

Today was such a nice day that I decided to put off all the other things I needed to be doing and grill. Sometimes it's just nice to drop everything and grill (especially if you haven't in a while).

It was nothing elaborate or time consuming. My wife and I took our coffee out to the back patio and just relaxed.

I fried up a little bacon and scrambled eggs in a skillet on the side burner (you just can't scramble eggs on the grill). To go with it, I grilled some sliced potatoes, onions, and green peppers.

We put it all together in a flour tortilla with some salsa and shredded cheese. It was quite a brunch. It reminded me of fajitas with those grilled onions and peppers.

Well, I guess it's time to get back to the grind of those never-ending chores around the house. But, don't you let yourself get caught up in all of your daily duties so that you don't take time out for a little relaxation. You need that. And... you deserve it.

A Day Like Any Other

Cold Weather BBQing

Has Spring been slow to arrive at your house? That's not the case here in Texas. We have even approached 90 degrees on a day or two already. But if your weather has been slow to warm up (and we have readers from allover the world), here is reminder of how you can still fire up that grill.

Cold Weather BBQing


Here is a listing of some FAQs about BBQ, as taken from the Original Q ezine. Add to the FAQ page yourself. Maybe even answer a question.


Editor's Qs

Dave wrote:

Secondly, I am diabetic and would love a recipe for sugar free, and if possible low or carb free BBQ Sauce. Tried some I bought over internet, it was horrible.

Don't like the vinegar style of NC, kind of blag. Prefer a thicker, and sweeter (don't we all) type. Hope you might be able to help. Anyway, really Great web site.

Thanks Dave

Thanks for the question, Dave. Hope I can help.

In case you missed it, I have a page on the website about sugar free BBQ sauce .

That should get you headed in the right direction. I think you are probably right about the store-bought sugar free sauces. Mostly, they are no good. That's why I talk about making your own.

When making any kind of a BBQ sauce, pick your style and go with what you like. You are free to use any type of recipe that you want. But if it needs to be sugar free, pay close attention to two things.

1. Check any ingredient that goes into the sauce for sugar content.

Ketchup usually has sugar in it. So, look for some sugar free ketchup. Even some tomato sauce has sugar. So check the label of what you want to use. Worcestershire sauce has sugar too (although a small amount). Maybe try tamarind and/or anchovies (key ingredients in Worcestershire).

2. Substitute sugary sweeteners, like brown sugar or molasses, with sugar free sweeteners.

This part will depend on your taste. You could use granulated Splenda, or any other sweetener of your choice. Maybe you want try Diet Coke or Diet Dr. Pepper. A lot of folks do that. Or even try using some sugar free maple syrup, sugar free chocolate, or some form of sugar free candy. Open up your imagination.

I know this is all pretty general, but I hesitate to give you a specific recipe, since this is something I have not done myself (except the one on the website for the meatballs).

I will give you one you can try, though. This is something that I would try if I needed to make one for my sister-in-law.

1 cup sugar-free ketchup (or tomato sauce)
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 garlic clove minced
2 tablespoons mustard
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoon Liquid Smoke
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash seasoning mix
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

*Experiment with, and taste the following

2 tablespoons (or more) sugar-free maple syrup
2 packets (or more) artificial sweetener of your choice
4 ounces (or more) of Diet Coke
a combination.

To prepare this sauce, I would heat the olive oil and pepper in a pan and saute the onion and garlic for 2 or 3 minutes. Then add the remaining ingredients. The sweetener, though, will be added a little at a time so that tasting can determine how much is desired. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.

I hope this turns out good for you. I really think it will if you can find a sweetener (or combination) that you like.

I hope this is helpful, Dave.

All the Best
"Get another drink and try again." (hipshot) =======================

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