Friday, August 31, 2012

A tasty Vinegar Friday -- how about a recipe for barbecue sauce?

Photo by Peter Kratochvil
It's Vinegar Friday! And a long weekend to boot! 
Are you planning on attending any picnics this weekend? If so, why not think about taking your own reusable plates, cloth napkins, cups and flatware so you can minimize at least some of the incredible amount of waste that will be generated this weekend in the States. It sickens me, actually. Of course, I get funny looks (or rolled eyes) when I do this, but it doesn't matter. I have my conscience to answer to, not all the people who think I'm a crazy tree hugger. 
Before I share a vinegar tip with you, I want to remind you that today is the final day to enter all the awesome giveaways for GG's 3rd blogiversary celebration. Below is a list of all the great prizes and sponsors. Make sure you check them out and enter, enter, enter. Remember that you can enter many of them more than once by sharing the giveaway on FB and Twitter. Winners will be chosen tomorrow. 

I would really appreciate it if you would visit the sponsors' FB pages and thank them for being part of the celebration.

Okay, on to vinegar. Since this is a weekend when the barbecue grills will be fired up, I thought I'd share my Balsamic Barbecue Sauce recipe with you, along with a tip on cleaning the grill.

First of all, you want to start with a clean grill. You can shine it up by spraying distilled white vinegar on a ball of aluminum foil and scrubbing away all the grime that has accumulated over the summer.

Then whip up this sauce (perfect for chicken or ribs, or even big slices of grilled onions):

1 1/2 cup ketchup
2/3    cup balsamic vinegar
2/3    cup light-colored corn syrup
1/2    cup finely diced onion
1/4    teaspoon sea salt

Bring all he ingredients to a boil in a non-aluminum saucepan.
Reduce heat and simmer until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally.

Brush sauce on food during the last 10 minutes of grilling time.
This grill-cleaning tip and recipe can be found in my book, Vinegar Fridays, available on and

Have a fantastic, and safe, Labor Day weekend, my friends. And don't forget to enter to win!

Keeping it green and tasty with vinegar,


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