The McConnell family lived across the street from us for many years. Joe and Anne had three children – two boys and a girl – who were near the age of Perfect Daughter. They were great playmates.
One year Joe decided to offer his boys a penny apiece for each sweetgum ball they would pick up out of his yard. Now I don’t know what your experience is with sweetgum trees, but suffice it to say that while beautiful especially during Fall, they produce millions of these prickly little seedpods that are tremendously painful when stepped upon. I’ve busted my rear on more than one occasion just by stepping on them. Joe figured he had found a way to entertain the boys for the day while Anne and I were out shopping and saving money. It was a perfect plan until it wasn’t.
Graham and Russ decided to subcontract part of the job to Janet and Perfect Daughter who were the really diligent workers of the four. Hubby and Joe left the kiddos to their task and went in to watch the latest football game on TV. They were certain that their babysitting freedom had been assured.
I’m sure you are already starting to guess the ending to this cautionary tale. Between the four of them, and the other neighborhood recruits that became part-time employees, the Sweetgum Magnets managed to fill every bucket, pail, box and basket they could lay hands to. Joe McConnell paid up handsomely! (I wish I had pictures but Hubby and Joe were a tad too embarrassed to take any.)
The McConnells were transferred to Texas a few years later, and we missed seeing them so often. They left with us their recipe for a barbeque sauce for chicken, however, that we absolutely love. I’ve used it on pork and burgers, but it is best with chicken. It makes quite a bit but it keeps well in the refrigerator for several weeks. I usually just freeze what is leftover as it freezes well.
I like to make it up in the Crock Pot and let it keep warm all day. The flavors improve as it ages. It’s awesomely good! We really don’t care as much for BBQ chicken prepared any other way.
McConnell’s Barbeque Sauce
12 tablespoons butter
20 ounces ketchup
8-ounces Heinz 57
5-ounces Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup white vinegar
juice of 3 lemons
1 tablespoon salt
1-3 large bay leaves
1 teaspoon (or more) freshly cracked black pepper
1-2 ounces Tabasco (to taste)
Heat over medium heat until the butter has melted. You may allow this to simmer for about 30 minutes or refrigerate until needed. Begin basting the grilled chicken during the last 20 minutes or grilling time. Baste and turn frequently. This chicken is delicious leftover. We will eat on this for lunch all week. That’s why I am linking it to Lunchbox Love on Ultimate Recipe Swap.
It’s time to sign up for Crock Pot Wednesday. I’m eager to see what you have to say. Enter with Mister Linky below.
Wear your sports team logo to Chick-fil-A
from 10:30 a.m. to close, and get a
FREE Chick-fil-A Original Chicken Sandwich.