I can’t believe I don’t have a homemade Chili recipe in the collection already! Especially when it’s this dang good! With the first slight breeze in this Louisiana air, I instantly thought of a big pot of hearty Chili. Gotta love the throw it all in and simmer recipes!
One of the keys to a great chili recipe is to use lean ground meat. You don’t want greasy chili! I use 93/7. However, 85/15 will be fine as well.
Quality tomato products is important as well. Use a brand that you love! I use crushed tomatoes and diced. But, if you’re not a big fan of tomatoes, use the petite diced ones. They’ll cook down more into the sauce and won’t be so visible.
Ancho Chili powder is amazing in this recipe. Regular chili powder is cool. But, there’s a certain added sultriness the ancho stuff provides. Can we call chili sultry?
I don’t think this chili needs rice. But, hey, do what you want. I prefer to sprinkle on some sharp cheddar, ripe avocado slices, and a “dollop of Daisy” (sour cream). Stuff tastes like a big ole hug in a bowl!
So, here I go opening my secret vault again. I never thought I’d share my special, homemade BBQ sauce recipe. But, I just can’t keep anything from my Cookies! Sauces are my thing.This recipe is what I call my fundamental BBQ sauce. Because, it’s the base sauce that I always use. Now, you can use it as is or add your favorite flavors. Orange, pineapple, honey, Hennessy…whatever, Chile! Again, I really didn’t think I’d ever share this recipe. However, I just adore you guys! So, here are the steps to getting folks lost in the sauce…
Lost in the sauce!
What I love most about making BBQ sauce is that you can just throw all of the ingredients into a pot at one time. Just stir it well and let it simmer. Because, the magic happens during the simmer. That’s when all of those flavors marry each other and live happily ever after. Besides that, BBQ sauce is one of the most popular sauces. You’ve got to have a go to recipe in your stash.
To Booze or Not to Booze…
Of course, I’m using bourbon in this recipe. However, it’s completely optional. But, whiskey tastes amazing in this smokey sauce! And, if you know, it’s Bourbon!
Don’t worry about it being boozy. The alcohol content will cook out in 20-30 seconds. It’s completely kid proof. However, feel free to substitute the liquor for fruit juices like orange, pineapple, or apple. Obviously, the flavor choices are endless. Giving the sauce the right amount of simmer time is most important. Doing so, makes all of the difference in the quality of your BBQ sauce.
Listen, I believe I’ve created the perfect, customizable, homemade BBQ sauce! But, hey, i’m biased. So, tell me what flavored BBQ sauce is your fave in the comment section. And let me know what you plan to use this sauce on.
I know you watch the tv show “Martin”, right? “Not my momma biscuits!!” That’s all I could think of while filming my mom making these things! Cookies, I convinced my mom to share her easy and perfect biscuits with you! That’s a real feat! See how much I love you guys!
No milk, eggs, or butter needed. Well, only at the end. Who can eat biscuits without butter?? I wouldn’t dare!
Enjoy these with some jam, syrup, or my Sausage gravy!
Sweet tooth alert! One of my goals is to take the fear away from beginner cooks that shy away from “homemade” and “from scratch” recipes. It’s not as hard as you think! I believe in you! You can do it! I’m here to help. Take this banana pudding. No box of of pudding mix necessary. It just breaks my heart to see people buying that “banana pudding” from the deli at grocery stores. It’s literally banana pudding. It’s instant banana cream flavored pudding mix and vanilla wafer. The devil is busy!! That’s why i’m sharing this with my Cookies. Don’t settle for less out of fear. I promise my version is super easy. Watch me whip it up…
See. Piece of cake, right? Told ya it was easy! Make this!!
I had no intentions of cooking on Tuesday. None! Cookies, I’m telling you I was gonna take the day off, Honey! But, my family had other plans in mind. There were pork chops thawing in kitchen. And guess who was expected to cook them!! No rest for poor, B. Coop! You know I love it though. I don’t even eat pork chops. But, this gravy was heavenly. Thick, savory, and comforting. The ideal “Hungry Man Meal”! I served it with rice and green beans. But, creamy, mashed potatoes would be ah-may-zing with this gravy!! I was too tired to make biscuits, but you should! Do as I say, not as I do. haha!