Wednesday, January 6, 2010

BBQ: the evolution of Ginger's sauce

This is the Hub's recipe, or more
accurately his mother's, or even
more accurately it is the creation
of a woman named Ginger who
was their neighbor many years
and several addresses ago.

This is one of those recipes that has been in the family for
so long that to my husband it is still the taste of his childhood.
He and I are both barbeque lovers (needless to say we're looking
forward to Mystery Lovers Kitchen's own Riley Adam's BBQ
series) and when we were dating we tried out every BBQ joint
in the Phoenix metro area. Although there are several famous
ones -- Honey Bear's comes to mind -- the taste of BBQ for the
Hub is still Ginger's Sauce. And so we share it with you!

1 cup very strong coffee (Yep, we're even working in Cleo's first love)!
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup catsup
1 -- 5 oz bottle of soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
4 cloves of garlic choped
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper

Mix it all up, put it in a jar and refrigerate. As my mother-in-law
said, "It'll keep for months -- if it lasts that long."

Um, not with the Hub around!
Thanks Hub and Mom and the
unknown (to me) Ginger for a
wonderful recipe. Hub slow
baked some pork ribs and
coated them with this sauce
and I have to say they were

Keep entering ingredient ideas for our next Iron Chef week, and
don't forget to "Egg"secutive Order hunt to be entered in Julie's contest
as well.

It's a great week here at the Mystery Lover's Kitchen. Julie's latest is out
and my March release SPRINKLE WITH MURDER just received a
starred review in Publisher's Weekly!!! Wa hoo!

Jenn McKinlay
March 2010
(Available for pre-order now)

aka Lucy Lawrence
Sept 2009
(Available now)

April 2010
(Available for pre-order now)


  1. Great going with that starred review, Jenn! We're so proud of you and can't wait for "Sprinkle with Murder" to come out!

    Ginger's sauce sounds awesome! Looking forward to trying this one--thanks!

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  2. You go, girl!! Woo-hoo!! Starred review!! I'm so chuffed for you!

    And I love the Ginger story. That's the way all the best recipes are remembered, isn't it? There's a story behind it that makes it all the more loved. Perfect because this blog is all about food *and* stories! I've only made my own BBQ sauce once before, so I'm really eager to try this one.

    Big, big congrats again. Can't wait for SPRINKLE WITH MURDER!


  3. ribs... why what a great idea!!!

    HMMM, wonder what you can do with leftover ribs.... hmmm

  4. Starred review.....can't get any better than that. Congratulations. Yummy ribs.

  5. Congratulations on the review. Can't wait for the book.

    This recipes sounds great. Don't think I've ever tried one with coffee as an ingredient. Can't go wrong there.

  6. We had ribs last weekend, but this sauce sounds much better than the commercial one we used! Thanks for sharing your family secret :)

  7. Starred review! Wahoo! Love the sauce. Love the coffee in the sauce, right, Cleo? Can't wait to make this one! Yum!

  8. Butter and coffee in barbecue sauce? What an interesting combination to try.

    Congrats on your starred review, too. Won't be long before it's in bookstores!

    ~ Krista

  9. Jenn - I am bustin' for you on that starred review and so proud and happy that you editor gave me the chance to read your launch book in manuscript form.

    SPRINKLE WITH MURDER is a winning debut with characters (Mel and Angie!) who readers are going to immediately feel are their new best friends. I have to tell everyone that by the time I was finished with the book, I yearned for Jenn's Fairy Tale Cupcake shop to be real and right down the street. Jenn's cupcake recipes are mouthwatering, too.

    And speaking of mouthwatering - I am lovin' your Hub's BBQ sauce recipe. Soy sauce, garlic, AND java - I am diggin' it!

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