Summertime in McKinney means that I often close down the kitchen and head outside to grill. Whether grilling your favorite protein such as chicken or ribs, or grilling a batch of fresh vegetables from the Farmers Market, they all taste better with a little finishing sauce.

I have included my favorite homemade sauces and dry-rub, but if you want to make it even easier, head downtown to Loco Cowpoke at 206 E. Louisiana St. Owners Randy and Jeanine Abshier are more than happy to share their knowledge and lead you in the right direction. They carry hundreds of high-quality products, all made in Texas. Many are available to taste, so if you are a fan of spicy, vinegar, mustard or fruit-based sauces then head downtown and try them out.

Homemade Bar-B-Q Sauce

  ½ cup ketchup
  ½ cup molasses
  1/3 cup orange juice
  ½ medium onion-chopped
  3 whole cloves
  1 clove minced garlic
  1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  1 Tbsp. hot sauce
  1 Tbsp. oil
  1 Tbsp. butter

Simmer all ingredients in a small saucepan for 10-15 minutes. Leftovers may be stored in the refrigerator for 7-10 days. This sauce may be used on pork, chicken, beef or fish. Makes approximately 1½ cups.


About the author: Debbie Denissen writes about food for McKinney Magazine.