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Grilling On Gameday

In Tasty Tailgating on October 15, 2011 at 10:43 am

I love tailgating but sometimes getting your delicious vittles from home to parking lot is a bit of a trick. Which is why I’m sharing this awesome recipe with you – you can do about 80% of the work at home and still wow your friends at the game! It’s also easy to prep the night before and actually gets even better when it sits for a while. Baby back ribs are a great finger food entr√©e and a perfect alternative to the burgers, fried chicken and heavy h’ordeuvres that are often the staples at football games. I hope you really do print or copy this one down, because this sauce is good enough to drink. It will go on pretty much anything, plus it has bourbon, and you don’t get much more Southern than cooking with brown liquor. YUM.

So, without further ado, here is the second best recipe you’ll ever own. You probably have the best already, so I’m cool with being the first runner-up. ūüėČ

Baby Back Ribs with Most Amazing BBQ Sauce Ever


  1. 1 can of beer – any kind will do – it’s only for tenderizing
  2. 1 c light brown sugar
  3. 1 c Dijon mustard
  4. 1/2 c Bourbon – I usually use Jim Beam, but that is because I’m married to a KA and he’d probably divorce me if it was anything else.
  5. 1/2 c soy sauce
  6. 2 or 3 whole cloves garlic, pressed
  7. 4 tsp. Worcester


  1. Arrange ribs in large casserole dish and pour beer over them.
  2. Cover tightly with foil. ***IMPORTANT***
  3. Bake @ 300 for 3 hours

Here is where you can pause the process and save the rest for grilling on site if you want. Or you can grill and transport later – either way is delicious, but hot off the grill is definitely better.

Grill on medium heat basting repeatedly, until sauce has set up. If you want to serve with sauce on the side, be sure to heat it first – remember the bourbon? And because the meat is already cooked you don’t have to worry about that pesky trichinosis problem associated with pork, so no sauce needs to be thrown out after basting!

So there you have it – I would put this BBQ sauce/baby back ribs combo head to head against anything and that is no joke. Try it soon – today even, because you still have time before the afternoon/night game!

Have a happy, safe and DELICIOUS Gameday!






Gameday Gastronomy

In Tasty Tailgating on September 14, 2011 at 10:23 am

When I first think about game day, I of course conjure up visions of glory, where my team annihilates their competition, making play after fabulous play and never looking stupid. Aaaannd since THAT rarely happens, then my thoughts next turn to food.

Here in the south, I’d wager it’s a close race between which is more important – eating or football. The combination of the two is a hallowed institution called tailgating. And in case you weren’t sure before, now you know that¬†tailgating is not a hobby in the South; it’s a religion. The best goodies come out on Gameday¬†and¬†the¬†combo¬†I’m about to share with you is a game changer in its own right.

I have tailgating staples – ¬†tasty goodies that are easy to transport, that don’t spoil quickly. The¬†crowd pleasers that are a snap to multiply.¬† HOWEVER. Sometimes it’s time to bring out the big guns, whether it be to celebrate an especially important game or to just remind people of your tailgating prowess.¬†¬†¬†You know, those times when you¬†want to knock one out of the park, so to speak.

Enter Slatherin’ Sauce.¬† Slatherin’ is locally owned by Charleston native Robin Rhea,¬†a woman dedicated to fresh, good food since she started cooking at the ripe old age of three!¬†However, here is the real beauty: ¬†her¬†sauces¬†use¬†ALL natural ingredients¬†as well as local ones when available. No food coloring, no preservatives, no artificial sweeteners and definitely no high fructose corn syrup. Nothing but goodness!

Since its inception in October 2009, Slatherin’ has been making a steady climb to fame, because as they put it, “It’s an everything sauce!”¬† Not only is it “the cure for boring food”, it is good on ANYTHING. Meats, veggies, salads – you name it and you can Slather it!

Now,¬†enter Holly Herrick.¬†¬†Another local talent, Holly Herrick is ridiculously accomplished in her own right.¬† An award-winning chef, cookbook author and recipe innovator, ¬† Holly is bringing her talents to the Slatherin’ table, developing crazy good recipes for Slatherin’, with a special focus on local, fresh, farm to table ingredients.

And since I love food AND football, and since I especially love the combination of the two, I’m thinking the Holly and Slatherin’ team is the¬†ticket to Total. Tailgate. Domination.

Meet the Slather Burger:

I’m sorry – did someone say applewood¬†smoked bacon, grass-fed¬†beef and gouda? Yes? I am SO THERE. Treat¬†this burger¬†to some Vidalia onion and original Slatherin’ Sauce and you can consider yourself the king or queen of the grill. All challengers will flee in terror, guaranteed.

Now, every great main dish must be accompanied by a supporting side. And since we here in the South are blessed with about a zillion days of sunshine, it also means we have a longer growing season for summer veggies.¬†I know I’m a little behind the curve for corn, but it’s still out there and what better way to usher it out for the summer than with a faboosh summer salad? Holly has developed this recipe specifically for use with Slatherin’ Sauce, anything else just will not do! Have a look at this golden goodness:

Fresh corn, fresh basil, fresh red bell pepper and Slatherin’ Sauce? Yes, please. Holly’s divine recipe is the exact right blend of spicy and sweet and is the perfect accoutrement to your Slather Burger in place of the usual boring fries or chips!

As an added bonus, it travels well, keeps easily and requires waaay less effort than cooking a hot side on site.  And who needs more heat during September tailgating in South Carolina on an asphalt parking lot? NOT ME.

So whether you’re tailgating or cooking at home, I think this combination of the Original Slather Burger and the Spicy Slathered Grilled Summer Corn Salad is a fantastic way to celebrate with friends.¬† Try it out and let me know what you think.¬† And, as always, have a happy¬†and safe Gameday!

¬†Be sure to stop by the websites of Slatherin’ and Holly for more recipe¬† goodness!