Condiments, Sauce, & Dip Recipes

The grill tends to bring our family closer together during the summer and makes cooking so much more fun.

Cooking in our wide-open backyard while the kids play squealing and our dogs run around it such a different experience than cooking in our small kitchen during the cold winters. The smells and sounds are invigorating, plus I can cook while practicing cartwheels with my 7-year-old, watching my 5-year-old’s swing performance, and playing baseball with my 3-year-old.

Tonight, before we all piled on one couch with popsicles in hand (the best summer treat) to watch the Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies, we headed outside to create a traditional summer family dinner with pork ribs, corn on the cob, zucchini, and baked beans – all on the grill.

I broke out my new Barbecue! Bible, which I love, because it breaks down all the different types of flavorings for meat and how to use them in detail. Since I can’t do anything by-the-book, I slightly altered a recipe for a rub. Plus,  I found a simple sauce to flavor the vegetables that I wasn’t even looking for, but couldn’t pass up.

Our meal took an unexpected turn when we realized I may have added too much Cayenne Pepper to the rub. Suddenly it became a challenge to see who could go the longest without the relief of a drink of milk after taking a bite of their pork rib. Embarrassingly enough, my 3-year-old son got the Gold Medal in this event.

What brings your family closer together for meal times? And how did your family get ready to cheer on this year’s U.S. Olympic Team?

Ragin’ Cajun Rub Recipe


  • 1/2 Cup Sea Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Paprika
  • 3 TBSP Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1 TBSP Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 TBSP Dried Thyme
  • 1 TBSP Diced Onions
  • 1 TBSP Garlic Powder
  • 1 TBSP Honey Barbecue Sauce


Mix all ingredients together until blended well. Place your meat in a freezer bag. Pour in the Ragin’ Cajun Rub. Shake until the meat is covered and refrigerate at least 8-24 hours before cooking your meat on the grill or bake in the oven.

This rub works well with chicken, pork, or turkey.

Garlic Butter Vegetable Baste Recipe


  • 8 TBSP Butter
  • 3 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 TBSP Fresh Ground Pepper


Melt butter, then mix in other ingredients until well blended.  Add to vegetables before cooking or while cooking as a baste.

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Frugal Recipes

Cracker Spread
  • 2 pkg cream cheese (8 oz)
  • 2 pkg chopped beef
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 2 tsp Worcetershire sauce
  • 2 tsp season salt or Accent
  1. Chop beef and onions into small pieces
  2. Add cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce and season salt/Accent.
  3. Mix well and serve with your favorite crackers

This can be shaped in a ball and rolled in walnuts or almonds to make a cheese ball.

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Sage Dressing Recipe
Recipe Type: Side dish
  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 tsp crushed dried sage
  • dash salt
  • dash pepper
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 4 cups dried bread crumbs
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup chicken broth
  1. In small saucepan cook celery, onion and butter until tender.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in sage, salt and pepper.
  3. Stir in one beaten egg.
  4. Place bread crumbs on large bowl
  5. Add in onion mixture.
  6. Drizzle with chicken broth (enough to moisten)
  7. Toss lightly then transfer to casserole dish.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until heat through.

You could add oysters or use as as stuffing also.


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Tangy Sweet and Sour Sauce

Prep Time:  15 minutes
Cook Time:  10 minutes
Yield:  3 1/2 cups


  • 1 (20 oz.) can pineapple tidbits in juice, undrained
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground mustard
  • 4 tsps. cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup Smucker’s® Orchard’s Finest™ Coastal Valley Peach Apricot Preserves


  1. DRAIN pineapple, reserving juice. Combine pineapple juice, vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and mustard in medium saucepan. Whisk in cornstarch.
  2. COOK over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil and thickens, about 5 minutes. Stir in preserves and pineapple tidbits. Spoon over stir-fried vegetables, chicken, shrimp or pork.

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Frugal Recipes


  • 12 Large Cucumbers
  • 12 medium onions
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 2 large bunches of Celery – diced
  • 3 Med green peppers – diced
  • 1 qt. Vinegar
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. Turmeric
  • 1 tsp. Celery Seed
  • 2 Tbsp Mustard Seed


1.Peel cucmbers, remove seeds and dice.  Chop onions. Put all in large bowl and add salt. Mix well. Let set covered for for 10-12 hours. Drain

2. Dice Celery and peppers.

3. Combine vinegar, sugar, mustard seed, celery seed and turmeric in large pan.

3.  Add all vegetables and cook over low heat until thick and cucumbers are golden.

4. Put into sterile jars and seal at once

5. Process jars in boiling water for 5 min.

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Makes 12 pints.   You can also make this without peeling the cucumbers but you should use less.  (12 cups)

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