By Brandon Lee, D.O.M
It is June and Mother’s Day, with all of its pomp and circumstance, has gone with the wind. Mother’s Day gets a lot of attention, being the second most celebrated holiday world-wide after Christmas, and plodding along after the festivities like a sad sack of dirty laundry is good old Father’s Day. Dads work hard but seldom ask for anything in return, and maybe that is the reason that Father’s Day is a mere after thought compared to its matrimonial counterpart. Father’s Day gifts usually range from things like tacky ties to engraved glass paper weights, things as interesting as they are valuable, but this year you can turn it around and do something truly wonderful for your mustachioed male care giver.
Listen carefully and put this fact in your memories: Dads don’t want stuff, dads want peace and a full stomach. That’s why we came up with this knock-your-golden-toed-black-socks-off Citrus Rum BBQ Sauce recipe to slather on a healthy serving of organic chicken or pork and send your dad into a satisfaction coma so deep he will forget all about the ho-hum stack of Father’s Days of years past.
This sauce recipe can be used in the oven but is best on the grill. Give your choice of organic meat a light pre-rub with a dry seasoning and put the bbq sauce on about 5 minutes before removing the meat from the heat. Use organic pork or chicken as it is usually leaner, free of antibiotics, and has been given a diet that ensures proper, natural omega 3 and 6 ratios to keep your mind sharp and your inflammation down.
Citrus Rum BBQ Sauce
- 1 cup tomato paste
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 2 tbsp dark rum
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp paprika
- ½ tbsp. chipotle chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Once dad paints his taste buds with this sauce and settles in for a nice Sunday nap with a full belly of healthy satisfaction you will feel the shock wave of eased tension permeate your peaceful abode. Now you have set the tone. We all know that mom loves fragrant flowers and sumptuous spa treatments but from this Father’s Day forward you will no longer have to shop the discount rack at sharper image to find something for dad.
Tip: To cook a whole chicken faster on the grill, cut out the back bone and flatten the chicken. As you flip it the heat will be able to get to the areas that used to be the inside better and cut your cooking time dramatically.