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I found it surprisingly hard to take pictures of BBQ chicken. For some reason, chicken just doesn’t seem that photogenic. Plus, it took a lot of willpower to keep myself from eating it immediately. If you’ve never made your own BBQ sauce, you should try it next weekend. It’s so much better than bottled, and pretty satisfying to know you made it yourself. I did make a large batch, and I’m hoping between the sugar and vinegar, it will keep in the fridge for a bit.

BBQ Sauce

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 onion, minced

3 garlic cloves, minced

4 plum tomatoes, seeded

3 tablespoons tomato paste

1/4 cup ketchup

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

3 tablespoons Worchestershire sauce

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons molasses

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon cayenne

1 tablespoon aleppo pepper powder

1 tablespoon ancho chili powder

1  tablespoon paprika

Saute the onion and garlic in the vegetable oil until softened. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes longer. Let cool a bit and then puree in a food processor.

BBQ Chicken

1 chicken, cut into parts or use your favorite cuts

1 cup BBQ sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil

salt and pepper

Make sure your chicken is dry when you start. You don’t need to wash chicken, it just spreads any potential bacteria around your sink. Dry off your chicken with a paper towel and rub all sides with olive oil or vegetable oil. Season with salt and pepper on both sides and place onto a hot grill or grill pan. (I now use a cast iron grill pan and it’s fantastic.) Let it develop nice color before you flip.

Brush with some BBQ sauce on both sides after you have grill marks. Continue brushing with sauce until the chicken is cooked through. Be careful not to overcook, use a meat thermometer if you’re not sure. Serve with some extra sauce on the side (not from the same container you were basting your chicken with…you don’t want to contaminate it.)

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Bluefish is a very oily, delicious fish but it sometimes is challenging to cook because it is so strongly flavored. My favorite is smoked bluefish, but until we have a smoker (and a backyard to put it in), I have to find other ways to make it. These crostini are excellent and the pickled salad on top really cuts through the richness.

Olive Oil Poached Bluefish Crostini

1 8-ounce fillet of bluefish, skinned and cut into 1″ pieces

6-8 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (or enough to cover the fish)

4 cloves garlic

1 sprig rosemary

3 tablespoons chopped gherkins, pickled onions, and/or pickles (homemade or store-bought)

1/2 cup baby greens of your choice

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

red pepper flakes (optional)

lemon wedges

6 baguette slices, toasted (or as much as needed for your fish)

Choose a baking dish that just holds the fish in a single layer. Add the garlic and rosemary to the dish and cover everything with olive oil. (As long as you use a small dish, it shouldn’t take too much olive oil. Leftover oil is great just drizzled on crusty bread).

Bake the fish at 350 degrees for 15 minutes covered with foil. Meanwhile, combine the pickles, greens, vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes in a bowl and stir to combine. It will come together while the fish cooks.

Place some fish on each baguette slice and drizzle with some of the olive oil. Top with some of the pickled salad and squirt with a lemon wedge.

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