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Summer time BBQ Ideas:
Its warming up outside: the trees are getting greener, the birds are singing, and the tulips are finally up… Spring is here and Summer time is fast approaching! It’s time to start thinking about revving up the BBQ and inviting friends and family over for a backyard celebration…. Oh the bountiful plates of ribs and fresh watermelon, I can’t wait!
Today I’m going to showcase my favorite Backyard BBQ’s ideas, of course, with the Chocolaty twist! That’s right- Chocolate is not just for the cooler months of Autumn and Winter, check this out!
1. Chocolate BBQ Rib Sauce:
While this rib sauce is delectable on ribs, don’t shy away from using it on chicken, pork or even as a sauce for dipping fries into, yum! This recipe makes about 2cups worth of sauce, adjust the heat by considering using chili instead of chipotle chili (its more mild cousin):
3/4 cup white or brown sugar
3/4 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/8 teaspoon chipotle chili powder or chili!
Optional: grated orange zest on top!
Mix the sugar and water over heat until the sugar dissolves. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer on low for 30 minutes.
Marinate your meat with the sauce overnight and then its time for BBQ-ing!
2. Chocolate Dipped Strawberries:
6 ounces semisweet chocolate wafers, chopped
3 ounces white chocolate wafers, chopped
1 pound strawberries with stems (about 20), washed and dried very well!!
1 wax lined baking sheet
Check out our video on how to temper your chocolate wafers, keep the white and semi sweet chocolate separate.
When this is all set, hold your strawberries from their stem, dipping them into the melted semi sweet chocolate. Continue until all the strawberries are done and chilling out on the wax paper. Drizzle some fun designs with your white chocolate and refrigerate until the chocolate is set. Enjoy with some bubbly cocktails in your backyard… and count the fireflies.
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3. Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches:
You can cheat a bit and use already pre-made cookies so you have more sunshine time… OR you can check out this cookie recipe:
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup margarine
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 whole eggs
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon (heaping) instant coffee granules
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup (heaping) milk chocolate chips
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons flax seed, crushed in a mortar/pestle
2 tablespoons millet, crushed in mortar/pestle
Vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
Miniature chocolate chips
Miniature candy-coated chocolates
If you are making cookies from scratch, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
In a mixer or with trusty muscles, combine the brown sugar, white sugar, butter and margarine until combined. Add the vanilla and eggs, and stir together.
In a separate bowl add: flour, baking soda, instant coffee and salt, stir and then add the wet ingredients into the mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips, flax seed and millet.
Drop balls of dough on a cookie sheet and bake for 11 minutes. Remove from the cookie sheet and allow them to cool.
Scoop some ice cream in between two cookies and smoosh together. Immediately roll the edges into mini chocolate chips or candies! Wrap individually in plastic wrap and freeze until the ice cream is firm (about 2 hours). When its scorching, grab a sandwich and sit in the shade.