Summer is almost here I can feel it!  My Grill Master and I are ready to grill to our hearts content!  If you are new to CafeTerraBlog, my hubby and I have four grills that we love making savory or sweet dishes with.  Here is our Pinterest board of some of our grilled treats. Now with any grilled savory treat, a good barbecue sauce is always required.  There may be sugar in this recipe, but I can assure you, this sauce is all savory love!  What makes this sauce ROCK is the bourbon included to enhance the flavor.  This Bourbon Barbecue Sauce uses our new favorite bourbon, Alibi Whiskey.

Bourbon Barbecue Sauce with Alibi Whiskey

Here at the cafe we are bourbon lovers.  So you can image our excitement when we received a fabulous gift at our doorstep from Alibi Whiskey.  The whiskey is 90 proof, smooth when it goes down, and will keep you warm on the inside.  Bourbon is fun to use in grilled dishes, sweet treats, and of course refreshing cocktails.

Alibi Whiskey

This recipe is easy to make, and will keep in your fridge for about 14 days.  Now since my day job is working as a food safety inspector, 14 days is the max you really should keep any prepared item.  BUT the everyday cook, you may notice your sauce could hold in the refrigerator for maybe a month.

This recipe is truly the very definition of easy, and can be altered for each dish you make.  The recipe below will provide more than enough sauce for your meal.  However, we did double the recipe so that we had some for our lunches during the week.

Bourbon Barbecue Sauce with Alibi Whiskey

Bourbon Barbecue Sauce with Alibi Whiskey
 
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Serves: 6

Ingredients
  • 1½ cups (24 oz can) tomato sauce
  • 4 Tbsp salted butter
  • ½ cup bourbon (Alibi Whiskey)
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp molasses
  • 3 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Instructions
  1. In large sauce pot, set to high, bring all ingredients to a boil, then set to medium-low and let sauce simmer for about 10 minutes. Let cool.

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Banana + Fries?  Say what?  For some people, a big bowl of ice cream covered in chocolate is considered a perfect dessert.  Or several Oreos soaked in milk is the best snack ever!  How about taking a healthier approach, with a little sugary love included?  Bananas have natural sugars, and dark chocolate will have lots of antioxidant love!  Chocolate Covered Banana Fries will satisfy your sugar craving for sure!

Chocolate Covered Banana Fries

With all my diet changes, trying to find a satisfying treat can be a challenge.  It may be easy for some people, unless you loved ice cream, cake, and brownies A LOT!

You can find recipes for banana bites on the internet, and in your local grocery store freezer section.  I do love banana bites, who doesn’t?  So I decided why not have more than just a bite of a banana?

Chocolate Covered Banana Fries

The recipe can be a bit messy in the process.  Messy makes the recipe even better!  This treat would be fun to make with your kids!  You can double the chocolate sauce below, and double or triple dip those lovely bananas!

Chocolate Covered Banana Fries

I may need to make more ASAP!

Chocolate Covered Banana Fries

Chocolate Covered Banana Fries
 
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Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • 1 10oz. bag of chocolate chunks
  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 4 bananas

Instructions
  1. With sheet pan, covered in parchment paper, peel bananas, cut the bananas in half, then cut one half in four pieces, continue process. Image above shows how banana fries are cut.
  2. With double boiler, stove top set to medium, place chocolate chunks, coconut oil, and coconut sugar in pan, let melt together. Once melted remove from burner.
  3. Use a fork or utensil that will help drain excess chocolate. Place bananas in chocolate and carefully coat each side, with fork transfer to parchment covered sheet pan.
  4. Since the parchment will have excess chocolate around bananas, you can then transfer dipped bananas onto another clean parchment sheet, then freeze the bananas.
  5. Optional – you could dip the bananas two or three times in chocolate (you may need to double chocolate sauce,) to completely coat the bananas evenly.
  6. Let bananas freeze for at least six hours, or overnight.
  7. Enjoy!

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This is not a secret I promise, grilled romaine has been shared by many.  Now are you saying, “grilled lettuce, say what?”  Honestly, my grill master and I have found you can grill just about anything.  So why not grill lettuce right?  Grilled romaine lettuce will give a your homemade Caesar salad a charred flavor on the outside, and cool refreshing flavor on the inside.  Keep the lettuce in wedges, and top with Caesar dressing, croutons, parmesan, and if you choose anchovies.  Grilled romaine for your wedge Caesar Salads will be perfect for a meal, or as a delicious side!

Grilled Romaine Lettuce for Wedge Caesar Salads

This is a short and sweet post, and really no recipe required.  When you grill the lettuce, you can use a propane grill, or a charcoal grill.

For Propane Grill: Just set your propane to high, and sit the wedges of lettuce over the flames.  Cook each side for about two minutes, or until the lettuce has a char look, and wilted.

For Charcoal Grill: Once you have your coals ready, sit the wedges of lettuce over the flames.  For the charcoal grill you may need to cook for less than two minutes.  Let the lettuce get the char appearance, and look wilted.

Easy right?

Grilled Romaine Lettuce for Wedge Caesar Salads

If you love grilled treats as much as my grill master and I do, you can follow my On The Grill Pinterest Board!  We also love sharing pictures of our treats being made on Instagram, Google +, Twitter, and Cafe Terra Facebook Page.  Come on over and join the fun conversations, and get hungry!

Grilled Romaine Lettuce for Wedge Caesar Salads

Some of you may be ready for Summer and grilling.  While some of you may be already having fun grilling.  This recipe is a perfect side dish, or main dish for any BBQ party, or Summer gathering!  Easy to make, and will make you break out in a happy dance!

What is your favorite treat to grill?

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