Barbeque Goodness!

Okay, to kick off spring/summer/warm sunshine rays, let’s start with some of my favorite barbecue recipes. This first recipe has been modified from my mom’s original recipe, and it is only a matter of time before it is world famous. I add Sriarcha to kick up the heat. So good! I hope you enjoy

My “World Famous” Baked Beans


1 onion, diced

1 green bell pepper, diced

1 can Pork and Beans, rinsed

1 can Kidney beans, rinsed

1 large can Ranch Style Baked Beans (use Bush’s), save sauce

½  C brown sugar

Sriacha, to taste (1 Tbls to start)

barbeque sauce, to taste (2 Tbls to start)

mustard, to taste (2 Tbls to start)

Worcestershire sauce, to taste (1 Tbls to start)

8 slices bacon

Preheat oven to 375. Sauté onion and peppers for approx 3 minutes in oil. Combine all ingredients, except bacon, in a casserole dish. Top with bacon and bake for 1 hour. Let sit for about 10 minutes to set

This next recipe is my Mema’s, so I have to give her credit. But my husband Clay love, loves it so I have to make it for him several times a year. The raisins and the sunflower seeds add an unexpected surprise.  You can use reduced fat mayo to help on the calories, but hey, it’s still mostly vegetables.

Mema’s Broccoli Salad

2 large bunches broccoli, chopped into bite sized pieces

½  red onion, diced

1 C raisins

½ C sunflower seeds

8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 C mayo

¼ C sugar

2 Tbls white vinegar

To make dressing: combine mayo, sugar and vinegar. Toss remaining ingredients together and refrigerate.

And this last recipe is for my Mom’s pasta salad. I have made a few modifications, but it is still basically hers. Enjoy!

Mom’s Macaroni Salad


1 small bag of macaroni shells

A bottle of Buttermilk Ranch, (I like Ken’s)

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 small red onion, diced

salt and pepper to taste

Cook macaroni shells as directed, DO NOT OVERCOOK!! Drain and run under cold water. Add vegetables and shells to large bowl. Add dressing little by little, stirring all together (may not need all dressing). Add salt and pepper and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Add more ranch before serving as the pasta will soak a lot of it up.


2 responses to this post.

  1. I’ll admit the beans and broccoli salad are two things I look forward to every summer. Excellent excellent side dishes for that afternoon grill session.


  2. Posted by Darla on June 6, 2010 at 10:51 am

    So excited to see both of these recipes. Always enjoy when you prepare these dishes


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