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All-American Barbecue Sauce

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(NAPS) - For many, outdoor grilling and the backyard barbecue has long been a time-honored tradition for the summer. What's new about grilling, however, is who is doing it. What was once the domain of dads, husbands and sons has now evolved into a cooking hobby that everyone can enjoy. Resources like the Internet, with its endless recipes, tips and guidance, are making it easier than ever for anyone to be a barbecue expert.

All-American Barbecue Sauce
Are you looking for the perfect grilling technique for ribs where the meat melts right off the bone? Or maybe your barbeque menu is lacking a savory side dish to complement the main event. Look no further than your desktop. The Internet can be the ultimate recipe repository for your backyard bash. Most food sites not only offer a seemingly endless supply of recipe ideas for robust main courses, succulent sides, mighty marinades and delicious desserts but they also feature advice, tips and hints from seasoned chefs and cooking connoisseurs.

For example, AOL Food's Grill To Thrill package is a great resource for expert grilling guidance, the latest barbeque trends, crowd-wowing fare, even step-by-step instructions for pulling off one cool "cue." What's more, AOL Food, which features content from leading magazines such as Cooking Light, Southern Living, and Real Simple, connects you to a colossal community of other cooks who are ready to share their grilling secrets and success stories.

So you've got the grub, now you need a great location. Online resources such as your local park's department web site can connect you to the best locations in your area for hosting the perfect summer barbecue. To gather your friends for the fabulous fete, consider sending an online invitation. You'll save stamps as well as time and if you're throwing a potluck, folks can chime in online as to what they are bringing-so you don't end up with 35 pounds of potato salad. So get going-grill to thrill with recipes like this:

From Cooking Light and AOL Food


  • 3/4 cup minced fresh onion
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce


Place onion in a 1-quart glass measure. Microwave at high 2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients; stir. Cover with wax paper; microwave at HIGH 10 to 12 minutes, stirring every 3 minutes.

Serve with chicken, pork, or burgers. Try grilled chicken with All-American Barbecue Sauce, potato salad, shredded squash and chocolate-chip cookies.

Serving Size: Makes 2 Cups

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