Our Ingredients for a Perfect Summer BBQ

We LOVE summer barbecues, and wanted to share a few recipes that feed a crowd at said barbecues. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have! 

In our opinions, a perfect summer barbecue consists of the following:

Hamburgers (on big, fresh wheat bakery rolls with homemade ketchup, and sliced pepperjack and garden tomatoes to top)

Texas Caviar served with homemade tortilla chips (recipes at the end of this old post, note that I've had some friends try the recipe and say it seems heavy on the oregano, so be cautious if you're concerned about it. I've never felt like that when I make it, but I imagine it depends on the brand/quality of spices you're using...)
Grilled corn on the cob, buttered (how-to here)
Juicy watermelon wedges 
Texas Sheet Cake for dessert
Lots of ice water 

So here are a couple of recipes we use for said "menu." (For Homemade Ketchup, Texas Sheet Cake, and 



• 6 oz can tomato paste

• 1/4 cup honey
• 1/2 cup white vinegar
• 1/4 cup water
• 1 tsp sugar
• 3/4 tsp salt
• 1/4 tsp onion powder
• 1/8 tsp garlic powder

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat; whisk until smooth.
  2. When it comes to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Remove from heat and cover until cool. Chill and store refrigerated in a glass jar. (We made a batch of this 3 or 4 months ago and it's still keeping well!)


Notes: I have made 1/4 the recipe for this amazing Texas Sheet Cake before, and baked it in a round 8x8 pan, when we aren't feeding a crowd but want the cake. It's phenomenal. It's also good with chopped walnuts or pecans on top. We hope you love it as much as we do! 

• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 cups sugar
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 4 heaping Tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
• 2 sticks butter
• 1 cup boiling water
• ½ cup buttermilk 
• 2 eggs, beaten
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
• 1 3/4 stick unsalted butter
• 4 heaping Tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
• 6 Tablespoons milk
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
• Pinch of sea salt
• 3-1/2 cups powdered sugar 

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan and add cocoa. Stir together. Add boiling water, allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds, then turn off heat. Pour over flour mixture, stirring lightly to cool.
  3. In a large measuring cup, pour the buttermilk and add beaten eggs, baking soda, and vanilla. Stir buttermilk mixture into butter/chocolate mixture. Pour into well-buttered 13"x18"pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  4. While cake is baking, make the icing: Melt butter in a saucepan. Add cocoa, stir to combine, then turn off heat. Add the milk, vanilla, sea salt and powdered sugar. Beat well in standing mixer. Pour over warm cake. Let cool for a few hours or, better yet, a day, before serving. This is great with homemade vanilla ice cream. 

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