Heather's Coca Cola Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce
(makes 7 cups)
Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium high heat. Add the onion and salt and cook until onion is softened, about 5-6 minutes. Add the garlic and jalapenos and cook for two minutes. Add the remaining ingredients.
Using an immersion blender, puree the sauce until completely smooth (there should not be any chunks of onion, garlic or jalapeno). Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce to a simmer.
Simmer, uncovered, for 2-3 hours until sauce is rich and thick and the flavors have deepened.
(makes 3/4 cup)
Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container until ready to use.
Bacon Sage Butter and Grilled Corn
(makes 3/4 cup)
Cook the bacon in a skillet until browned and crispy and the fat is completely rendered. Place on a paper towel to drain and cool completely.
Chop the bacon into small bits, then add the chopped bacon and the chopped sage to a bowl with the butter. Using a hand mixer, whip the butter until well incorporated.
Grill the corn, in the husk (which keeps it from drying out) for 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally. Spread the butter on the grilled corn.
Baby Back Ribs
Preheat the oven to 200 F. Rub the rack of ribs on both sides with the garlic, then with the dry rub, and season well with salt and pepper. In a baking pan, large enough to hold the rack of ribs, add the onion, garlic, apple cider and apple cider vinegar. Place the ribs in the pan and cover with foil. Cook for 5-6 hours, or until meat pulls away from the bone and is very tender.
To finish, heat the grill to medium high. Brush the ribs generously with BBQ sauce, then grill for 5-10 minutes on each side for a nice char.
BBQ Pulled Pork
Place the onion and garlic in the bottom of your crock pot. Rub the pork butt on all sides with the dry rub. Set on top of the onion and garlic in the crock pot. Set the crock pot to low and cook, covered, for 8-10 hours until fat is rendered and pork is very tender. (You don't need any liquid! As the pork cooks, the fat will render, creating its own "broth" in the crock pot. You may even need to remove some of the liquid fat as it cooks, if the crock pot gets too full of liquid.)
Just before serving, remove the pork from the crock pot. Separate the meat from the fat. Pull the meat with two forks, place meat in a large bowl and add the BBQ sauce. Add as little or as much as you like!
Serve on buns with extra sauce on the side, pickles and slaw.
Cabbage Slaw with Lime
Add all ingredients to a large bowl, then use your hands to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
(adapted from Saveur)
In a dutch oven or stock pot placed over medium heat, cook the bacon about 10 minutes, until fat is rendered.
Add the onion and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients. Add remaining ingredients, stir, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 2 hours, until thick and savory.
Original Blog Post: A Summer BBQ Dinner Party