I’m finally on track with my “Summer Body” project. I’m working out, eating well and trying to cut my stress. How do I keep it all together? That’s easy… “I cheat” and my cheats of choice are beer and barbecue (I know, I’m such a lady). The key here is moderation. I turn it into an event that can be enjoyed all day.
I start by setting aside the to-do list from work and inviting over a few friends (but not from the office, Aimee couldn’t stop talking about “conversion” if her life depended on it). Then you’re set to focus on a great day, a great meal and a great time.
Here is a fun fact about Barbecue: most of the time required to cook it is pretty hands off. It’s not nearly as hard as your last boyfriend made it out to be, all you need is a little planning. Set aside time for the making a sauce, marinating and applying the rub. The actual cooking is easy if you keep it “Slow and Low” and the results will amaze you. While magic is being made on the grill you’ll have plenty of time to sit back and relax.
Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten the beer. Whether you decide on sauce or a marinade, beer is an ideal addition. Beer is a natural meat tenderizer and a nice malty beer is a great way to go when barbecue is on the menu. I’m a saucy girl, or so I’m told, so I opted to make my own BBQ sauce. If you’re feeling saucy try it for yourself.
- 3 tsp olive oil
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 2/3 cup ketchup
- 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1/2 tsp sriracha or your favorite hot sauce
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 cup of your favorite malty beer
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp onion powder
- In a pot over medium heat, add the oil and allow it to get hot. Add in the garlic and stir until you can smell it, about 30 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until combined. Allow to cook until thickened, stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes.