I thought it would be so fun to celebrate California and summer and the heat and all the lovely feelings that go along with backyard barbecues by grilling for 100 days in a row. I started calling it #100daysofbarbecue on Instagram and made grand plans. I failed to take leftovers and the (almost nonexistent) occasional rain. This little journey began on May 2, so far I have skipped 3 days of 13, but in the interest of not dragging this out forever, I am just counting the days whether we grill or not. 😉
May 2 – orange cilantro chicken breasts with cheesy garlic potatoes and spicy corn on the cob
May 3 – peppercorn steak, roasted potatoes with chives and plain ‘ol corn
May 4 – my dad’s old school burgers, homemade fries and a ceaser salad
May 5 – spicy tomato barbecue chicken burritos
May 6 – sausages on sesame buns with a garden salad
May 7 – pork chops with my homemade barbecue sauce, garlic smashed potatoes and beans
May 8 – skipped – Friday is pizza day in our house, so I skipped today. I thought about grilling lunch, but we were out
May 9 – my uncle’s dry rub on a rack of ribs, with broccoli pasta salad and buttermilk biscuits
May 10 – spicy pork tenderloin with chipolte peppers in adobo sauce with pico and rice
May 11 – skipped – We had so much tenderloin left over, I didn’t make dinner tonight
May 12 – pink peppercorn london broil steak with parmesan, bacon and chive topped baked potatoes and ceaser salad
May 13 – honey garlic chicken drumsticks with rice and sweet potatoes (this was my hands down favorite so far)
May 14 – skipped – It rained pretty much all day & I wasn’t into grilling in a puddle, but I did make souvlaki!
The barbecue part of our evening on day 5 was pretty pedestrian, but we did grill sausages and on day 6 we grilled pork chops. The sausages were just boring sausages but I did make fries from scratch and double fry them! The pork chops were brushed with my homemade barbecue sauce!
I originally blogged about the sauce in 2012 here, but I have tweaked it and this is the recipe I currently use:
1 1/3 cup ketchup (even better if you use my homemade ketchup recipe)
1/3 cup molasses
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons mustard
1/2 cup soy sauce
Just put all the ingredients in a small pot, whisk together and cook for about half an hour. Done!
I made banana bread to deal with what my 6 year old called the ‘gross disgusting bananas’ on the counter. Being one of those things that was born out of necessity I only make banana bread when I have gross bananas, but since my kids eat them faster than I can buy them, that doesn’t happen very often. The opportunity presented itself last week though!
So here we go!
Cinnamon Crumb Banana Bread
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temp
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 super ripe bananas (I actually used 4 medium)
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/2 cup flour
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Super simple, dump cake style. Just mix all the dough ingredients together and pour into a sprayed loaf pan. Then mix all the topping ingredients together and sprinkle on top of the dough. Bake at 350 for about an hour.