GINNA PARSONS: E-mail yields nice surprise from GOP pal

I got an e-mail from my friend Mike Armour one day last week. Usually when I see I have a message from Mike, I brace myself for some conservative Republican message or one that makes fun of liberals. (Mike calls my husband and me his “token Democrat” friends.)
I was pleasantly surprised when I opened this e-mail, though. In it, Mike included three barbecue rub and sauce recipes. I’m guessing he’s gearing up for some type of Labor Day cookout.
Here they are, in case you’d like to try them. Mike said to adjust them to taste.

BBQ Dry Rub Spices
3 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons seasoned salt
2 tablespoons black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon red pepper
1 teaspoon ground oregano
1 teaspoon dry mustard
12 teaspoon chili powder
Combine spices and rub on meat.

BBQ Basting Sauce
14 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1
12 tablespoons Dry Rub Spices (recipe above)
2 cups red wine vinegar
2 cups water
14 cup Worcestershire sauce
12 teaspoon hot sauce
1 small bay leaf
Combine ingredients and let stand 8 hours. Remove bay leaf before basting.

BBQ Sweet Sauce
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
12 cup spicy honey mustard
1 cup ketchup
1 cup red wine vinegar
14 cup hickory-smoked Worcestershire sauce
14 cup Worcestershire sauce
12 stick butter or margarine
2 tablespoons hot sauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
1
12 teaspoons garlic powder
18 teaspoon chili powder
18 teaspoon red pepper
18 teaspoon black pepper
Combine all ingredients, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.

Ginna Parsons is the Daily Journal’s food/home/garden editor.

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