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Create a “Secret” Barbecue Sauce Recipe With Dad This Father’s Day!

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If your Dad is the master of the grill, then a barbecue style Father’s Day is in order! Most of the Dads we know love to command the grill (even if Mom secretly does it a little better!). Celebrate with Dad by making your new favorite barbecue sauce together – give it a fun name, and it’ll be forever known as the barbecue sauce that only you and Dad can expertly create. Here are some recipes to get you started, and remember to order your Dad’s Blue Ribbon BBQ Father’s Day Gift Basket, filled with so-good sauces, rubs, and seasonings to complement your bbq sauce, along with tasty Dad-themed treats in the rest of our Father’s Day gift baskets!

Carolina-style Barbecue Sauce

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Makes about 2 ¼ cups


1/2 cup sugar

1 cup prepared yellow mustard

3/4 cup cider vinegar

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon white pepper

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

1/2 teaspoon soy sauce

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon liquid smoke, hickory flavored

Directions: Mix everything together except the soy, butter, and smoke. Simmer for 30 minutes, and then stir in remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 more minutes.

St. Louis-style Barbecue Sauce

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Makes about 3.5 cups


2 cups ketchup

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons yellow mustard

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

Directions: Blend all of the ingredients together in a saucepan over low heat. Begin stirring occasionally, and simmer for 20 minutes. The sauce should be thin. Allow the sauce to cool, and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and allow to sit for one day.

Mustard-style Barbecue Sauce

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Makes about 2 cups


1 cup prepared yellow mustard

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon cayenne

Directions: Mix everything together and simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes. This sauce is delicious, but particularly tastes great with pork.

Want to vary up the recipe? Go ahead! Ingredients like brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, honey, cayenne pepper, onion powder, yellow mustard, and ketchup all work beautifully in barbecue sauces, so feel free to experiment! Then, cook up some barbecue, get the family together for one amazing cookout, and gift Dad with his Father’s Day Gift Basket. Oh, and prepare to be buying custom jar labels in the near future, as we have a feeling you’ll be getting some order requests for you and Dad’s secret barbecue sauce!

Craft a Father’s Day Scrapbook For Dad This Year!

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There’s nothing quite like the bond between Dad and his little girl. Whether she’s 12 or 32, she’ll always be considered Daddy’s Little Girl, with Dad feeling like the protector of his “little” one, and you feeling so loyal and proud to have a Dad as great as yours. You of course want to show Dad how much you care, especially with Father’s Day being right around the corner on Sunday, June 19th this year. Yet, what do you get the Dad who has everything?

Well, a Father’s Day Gift Basket, for starters! You’ll want to pair a basket of Dad-themed delicious goodies with a handmade gift from you that will really show him how much he means to you. Crafting a Father’s Day scrapbook is the perfect way to show your affection for Dad, and we have the scrapbook know-how to help you whip it up in time for June 19th!

A scrapbook can have as many or as few pages as you’d like. The magic number for us is usually around 10 pages, and you can typically find a Father’s Day themed scrapbook at your local craft store for an affordable price. Then, start looking through old photographs – look for photos of you and Dad as you age – starting from you as a baby through your current age. Make copies of these photos, and affix one photo to the center of each page. Then, include a short sentence of phrases describing your memories with Dad, or use one of these Father’s Day themed quotes:

“Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.”  ~Bill Cosby

“A father is always making his baby into a little woman.  And when she is a woman he turns her back again.”  ~Enid Bagnold

“A father carries pictures where his money used to be.”  ~Author Unknown

“Dad, you’re someone to look up to no matter how tall I’ve grown.”  ~Author Unknown

“I don’t care how poor a man is; if he has family, he’s rich.”  ~M*A*S*H, Colonel Potter

“Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever.”  ~Author Unknown

Just as ordering a Father’s Day gift basket from us is a cinch, crafting a Father’s Day scrapbook is as easy as choosing a scrapbook, finding cute photos of you and Dad, and selecting a few quotes or memories to articulate in the scrapbook. Dad will so greatly appreciate the thought and time you took to create such a treasured gift for him, knowing that no matter what age you are, you’ll always be his little girl.