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6 Sensational Recipes to Spice Up Your Next Barbecue

Whether it’s Memorial Day, Labor Day or anytime in-between, who doesn’t love a good cook out? And whatever you call it – barbecue, grillin’ out, cook out or dining al fresco – having your own special recipe or dish makes it uniquely, well, yours!

6 Sensational Recipes to Spice Up Your Next Barbecue

Here are some old favorites and new twists on the classics…ideas for changing things up a bit at your next shin-dig…

Start with a good protein meat

And a dry rub is arguably the easiest way to bring flavor to the grill!  No advance meat prep is required – just coat-and-cook!

Here’s a great all-purpose rub; feel free to experiment with the herbs, using one or a combo you already know and love:

  • 4 Tbsp sugar
  • 4 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 Tbsp mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • pinch of dried thyme
  • pinch of dried oregano

And if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, here are “5 Must-Try Meat Rubs“, courtesy of AskMen.com (dontcha just love the name of that website?!).

Photo courtesy of Parade.Condenast.com

Photo courtesy of Parade.Condenast.com

I’m including the following recipe as a bonus here, because my mouth watered as I read the ingredients; enjoy this Jerk Chicken rub:

  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme


Don’t forget your sides…

Homemade Potato Salad

Potato Salad


  • 10 medium potatoes (peeled, washed, and cubed)
  • 2 eggs (boiled, peeled, chopped), optional
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp mustard
  • 1 Tbsp pickle relish, optional
  • salt and pepper to taste


Place potatoes in medium/large boiler. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and boil gently until potatoes are “fork tender” (you can pierce them easily with a fork, but they’re not mushy yet). Drain water and return to pan or if you want to get all fancy-pants, put cooked potatoes into a large, decorative bowl. Add eggs, mayo, mustard, pickle relish, salt and pepper, stir well to combine. Taste and adjust (add more mayo if too dry, more pickle relish if too bland, more mustard if you want more “twang,” etc.)

This recipe should feed 10 people (unless they’re oinkers). The general rule of thumb is 1 potato per person.

Note: For a healthier alternative to the traditional white potato salad, try using sweet potatoes instead. The only change to the recipe would be to scrub the sweet potatoes and boil or microwave them in their skin; peel and cube after they’re soft.


Cole SlawHomemade Cole Slaw

OK, to be honest, my kids don’t touch the stuff, but to my thinking, no outdoor meal is complete without a good slaw… Whether you’re a KFC-type fan, or ready to venture out and try something a little different or healthy-er…you can find some yummy options here!






And something sweet makes for a happy ending…


Homemade Ice Cream CakeIf it’s warm enough to eat outside, it’s warm enough for ice cream!  But if you want something a bit more festive, here’s an easy-peasey way to deliver an ice cream cake to the table!  A bundt cake mold makes it look a little extra special, but this takes not-much-longer than baking a regular cake!




Homemade Oatmeal Cream PiesOh, and if you’re gonna have kids around for the occasion, bring out the kid in EVERYbody by whipping up a bunch of these oatmeal cream pies...Little Debbie wishes hers were this good! Or how ’bout some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies?  Then you can at least make believe they’re good for you! 😉



So these are ours…do YOU have any recipes or “tweaks” that you love to make for your guests?  Of course, we wouldn’t dare ask you to spill a secret family recipe…but if you do have something to share, we’re all ears! 

From our families to yours…hoping you enjoy a safe and savory Labor Day weekend!

Shared with: Happy and Blessed Home, Gator Mommy Reviews, Faith Along the Way, Cornerstone Confessions, Creative K KidsThe Art of Homemaking, Mom’s the Word, Darling Downs Diaries, and The Modest Mom

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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Candy is a southern girl who enjoys the simple things in life. Dirt road drivin’, Sunday afternoon nappin’, back yard swingin’, and sunset watchin’ are a few of the things that make her smile. She’s been married to her best friend and the love of her life for almost 25 years and is navigating motherhood with her 4 children, aged 23, 19, 14, & 11. Homeschooling for over 18 years now, she is also a bit of a word-nerd (ok, maybe more than a “bit” – she actually considers making lists of homophones to be entertaining), a lover of books and chocolate, a survivor of cancer, an author, and a hula hoop maker.

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