Savory Sauce

We all know that firing up a grill is a great way to cook dinner this Fourth of July. However, how about the sauce that goes on the meat? This barbecue sauce will make your mouth water!


  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 4 garlic croves, minced garlic (can use more)

  • 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil

  • 5 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 -2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper (do not use the fine black pepper!)

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (or adjust to taste)

  • 2 cups ketchup

  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed

  • 1⁄4 cup cider vinegar or 1⁄4 cup red wine vinegar

  • 1⁄3 cup prepared french's yellow mustard

  • 1⁄4 cup Worcestershire sauce

  • 3 teaspoons liquid smoke (for the very best flavor do not omit)


  1. Heat oil over medium heat; add in onion and saute for about 3 minutes, then add in garlic and saute for 2 minutes.

  2. Add in chili powder, paprika, cayenne, salt and black pepper; stir for 1 minute.

  3. Add in all remaining ingredients; bring to a boil stirring with a wooden spoon to combine.

  4. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered stirring occasionally for 1 hour over low heat (do not cover the pot or the texture and flavor will be affected, if you have a splatter screen then use it to cover the pot).

  5. Cool to room temperature then cover and refrigerate for 24 hours or more before using.

That's it! All that is left to do is enjoy! 


Bye Bye Miss American Pie

Nothing screams America like a good, old-fashioned apple pie and a Patriot Life Chest! View the recipe below:


  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 6 to 7 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 large egg white

  • Additional sugar


  1. In a small bowl, combine the sugars, flour and spices; set aside. In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice. Add sugar mixture; toss to coat.

  2. Line a 9-in. pie plate with bottom crust; trim pastry even with edge. Fill with apple mixture; dot with butter. Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pie. Place over filling. Trim, seal and flute edges. Cut slits in pastry.

  3. Beat egg white until foamy; brush over pastry. Sprinkle with sugar. Cover edges loosely with foil.

  4. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake 20-25 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 8 servings.


Snack Options for Independence Day

While barbecuing is nice, it is not the only route of making food this holiday season.  Here are some great recipes for some snacks or meals for you and your family to enjoy!

Simple USA Nachos

- Blue corn tortilla chips topped with shredded cheese, salsa, and sour cream.

Grilled Vegetable Skewers

- Mushrooms, squash, zucchini, a red bell pepper, grape tomatoes, and a red onion.

  • Throw these veggies on a wooden skewer and then onto the grill. Then, enjoy!

Grilled Veggies

Delicious Deviled Eggs

- 6 eggs, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Worcestershire Sauce, Hot Sauce, Salt & Pepper

  • Mash 6 hard boiled eggs into a bowl.

  • Add 2 TBL Mayo, 1 TBL Mustard, 1 TSP Worcestershire Sauce, and a dash of Hot Sauce and Salt/Pepper

  • Mix it all together and scoop into egg whites

deviled eggs

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