Thursday, November 24, 2016

Little Bitty Baby BBQs

Little Bitty Baby BBQs are fantastic!  The flavor of the BBQ sauce is rich and savory.  These little sandwiches can be made up in under an hour with a delicious homemade BBQ sauce and served with a side of coleslaw, and your family and friends will be singing your praises.  Here is the recipe for the BBQ sauce and a few brief directions for putting Little Bitty Baby BBQs together with any meat or vegetables of your choice.  I used leftover lean pork roast for these sandwiches for this blog.  You can use chicken, turkey, ground beef, roast beef, lamb or a vegetable medley of your favorite veggies.  They are worth it, I promise. The Little Bitty Baby BBQs are a great break from a full sized dinner.

BBQ Sauce Recipe:

2 Tbsp. canola oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
2 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/8 tsp. allspice
Pinch of ground cloves
1 c. ketchup
1 c. water
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
1/8 c. molasses
1/8 c. brown sugar
salt & pepper to taste
2 tsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. spicy brown mustard
1 bay leaf

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Servings: 12-18 [They are small so 2 could serve as a serving for an adult].


1. On medium high heat, add canola oil to a medium sauce pan. 
2. Add chili powder, paprika, tomato paste, crushed red pepper, allspice, & cloves.
3. Cook for 3 minutes or until tomato paste is red brick in color.  Add minced garlic.  Heat until garlic blooms. About 1 minute.
4. Add ketchup, water, apple cider vinegar, molasses, brown sugar, salt & pepper, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, spicy brown mustard, & bay leaf.  Bring to a low boil, stirring often.
5.  Turn down burner to medium low and simmer for 30 minutes or until sauce thickens. Remove bay leaf and discard.
6.  Add meat or veggies of your choice.  Heat through.  Take off heat.
7.  Prepare your rolls by slicing them open.  Brush melted butter with a splash of pineapple juice onto inside of rolls.  Add your BBQ sauce with meat or veggies to the bottom of the rolls placed onto your baking pan sprayed lightly with non-stick canola spray.
8.  Add the top of the rolls on top of the bottom layer of BBQ mixture.  Brush tops of rolls with melted butter with splash of pineapple juice.  Place in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes or until tops of rolls deepen in color and become slightly crispy.
9. Cut through all layers for serving sizes.  Serve with a side of cool coleslaw. Enjoy!

These Little Bitty Baby BBQs are as close as I can get to the BBQ sandwiches we would stop and order and enjoy in Paris, Illinois when we would go and visit my paternal grandparents during the summers.  We had root beer floats to drink and enjoy with these wonderful BBQs.  We were in heaven with a meal of BBQ sandwiches and root beer floats.  If you like, enjoy my Little Bitty BBQs with root beer floats!  It is a real delightful pleasure!

Rooney is always treated with a scoop of vanilla greek yogurt while we enjoy our BBQs and root beer floats.  A little pleasure and reward for being such a loving girl!

Enjoy Little Bitty BBQs this week!
Happy Thanksgiving Blog Readers!

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