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And Another Great Recipe
from Phil Bratcher

Best Barbecue Sauce Ever!

When I was 23 I bought my first little house in the country! The recipe below seemed a good fit when I did the BBQing on my little grill on the back steps.

I found this BBQ sauce recipe in a cheap little grocery store magazine and it's the best I ever had. I've used it for almost 30 years now. The sauce works on any meat and any style of prep as you'll see. I enjoy firing up the grill, but even in the oven, ribs or chicken with my sauce is pretty darn delicious.

        You'll need:

        1 bottle chili sauce
        1/4 c brown sugar
        2 T butter
        2 T olive oil
        1/2 t salt
        1 t pepper
        3 T Worchester Sauce
        1 lemon rind grated and juiced
        2 cloves garlic, sliced
        1/4 t red pepper flakes (optional)
        1 t dry mustard or
        1 T dijon mustard

Place all items in a small sauce pot on stove and bring to a slow simmer for a few minutes. Originally I used this recipe for ribs. I would parboil pork ribs (about 3 lbs), sauce them and bake the ribs for 40 mins at 375 degrees. You can also salt and pepper the ribs, coat with flour and brown in oil on top of the stove, then sauce and bake. It's also excellent with a whole chicken cut up, seasoned, floured and browned on the stove. Just get chicken golden brown -- it doesn't have to be completely done. Then bake as the ribs.

Once meats are browned, you can place them on the grill and brush with BBQ sauce until done (about 30 mins). Always reserve a part of the simmered sauce to add at the table.

I have made this BBQ all these ways. They're all good and I hope you try at least one. This recipe also works with just chicken breasts, bone-in or boneless. With boneless breasts, I sometimes coat chicken with fresh bread crumbs instead of flour and then brown in oil. Enjoy!

Vegetarian note: This sauce is allso excellent with firm tofu (about 2 lbs) sliced and coated with fresh bread crumbs. I add 1 T fresh thyme or 1 t dried thyme and sprinkle with 3 or 4 T grated parmesan cheese. This makes enough for a crowd or a party.


Reverend Phil Bratcher has been a counselor in private practice for over 10 years. Now in his 25th year of ministry, Reverend Bratcher has worked mostly as a therapist and spiritual counselor specializing in spiritual direction, the relief of depression, life strategies and career planning, long-term illness and relationship issues for couples. He is also trained in The Work of Byron Katie, teaching individuals and facilitating groups in the faith community and his community at large.

Often a featured speaker, Reverend Bratcher is a volunteer chaplain for the South Carolina Department of Corrections, Upstate Coordinator for the South Carolina Global Warming Campaign for the Christian Action Council in Columbia, South Carolina, and is past Secretary to the Executive Board for Greenville Faith Communities United which seeks social justice and interfaith understanding.

Reverend Bratcher makes his home in Greenville, SC, where he is a member of the Metropolitan Community Church and is their interfaith representative to GFCU and past chair of their outreach and singles committees. E-mail Phil at Peacefulstar@msn.com.


To read Phil's poetry, click here:
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For more of Phil's recipes, click here:
Lemon Coconut Buttermilk Pie
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