Homemade Taco Seasoning

1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

-Mix everything together and store in an airtight container.
For taco meat
-Add some seasoning to browned ground beef, after the grease has been drained. Add the quantity desired to taste. Add water to achieve desired consistency

Tropical Salsa

1 mango-peeled, seeded, & cubed
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/4 chopped red bell pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest
salt & pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients. Salsa will have a more vivid taste if refridgerated for a couple of hours before serving.


1/4 cup kosher salt
1/8 cup paprika
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup turbando sugar
2 tablespoons black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds

Mix all ingredients well and store in an airtight container. Sprinkle on chicken, pork, or beef.
Makes 3/4 cup

Smoky Ribs BBQ Basting Sauce

1/3 cup olive oil
1/8 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons steak sauce
2 tablespoons ketchup
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon finely chopped shallots
1/3 cup falt beer
1/8 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 tablespoon worchestershire sauce
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic

Combine all ingredients and use for basting ribs at least once every half hour while smoking.
Combine all ingredients and use on ribs during the last 10-15 minutes of grilling them. This will carmelize as it finishes on the grill. Use as a dipping sauce for those that enjoy extra sauce.

North Carolina Style BBQ Sauce

1/3 cup white vinegar
2/3 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon pepper

-In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients & bring to a boil
-Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until flavors are blended

Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce

2 tablespoons canola oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 cup tomato sauce
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup molasses
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

-In a large sauce pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently
-Stir in the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, stirring occasionally

Texas Style BBQ Sauce

1 tablesoon butter
1 small onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tabelspoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons chili powder

-In a large sauce pan heat butter over medium heat.
-Add onions, cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until tender
-Add garlic, cook 1 minute longer
-Stir in remaining ingredients, bring to a boil
-Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 15-20 minutes to allow flavors to blend