I hope everyone is having an amazing start to SUMMER and are enjoying these warm, sunny days! My family has spent sooo much time outside these last few weeks and we are enjoying every second of it! When I get off work, my favorite thing (my kids’ favorite too) is to go home, sit on the deck, chat with my husband while he grills, and watch the kids play in the yard, jump on trampoline, etc. I’m often sipping on a glass of wine dreaming about redoing my deck, but that’s a post for another time. (Hopefully sooner rather than later… you guys will be the first to know!) Since we are in prime GRILLING season, I wanted to share ANOTHER one of my favorite outdoor kitchen companies with you guys – Hestan! 

When most people hear ‘outdoor kitchens’, they think of an insanely huge, expensive system. When really, they don’t have to be any bigger than you want them to be! This was the outdoor kitchen at the Juniper House from Season 1 of Bargain Mansions, the house my dad actually ended up buying. It’s the perfect size since it’s just him and mom at the house. It has a grill, refrigerator, trash can, and some general storage space….. the essentials! Mom and Dad are SO impressed with the quality of the entire system. They LOVE it!

I called my Dad as I sat down to write this blog post to ask him what his favorite features of the grill were so far, and he immediately said, THE HOOD! He loves the way it opens easily and holds its place wherever you leave it. If you’ve seen the show, you know this.. but my dad is a simple man.. not hard to please 😉 Gotta love him. He also mentioned the under-hood lighting.. he said it’s super helpful when you’e grilling a little later in the evening. You can see everything!

Like I’ve mention a million times, I ONLY share products with you guys that I have used and am 100% satisfied with! HESTAN products are are no exception. If any of you are in the market for outdoor appliances (or any appliances for that matter!) here’s the link to their website!

Anddd just for fun! I thought I’d share MY PERSONAL BBQ SAUCE RECIPE that I swear by. I’m telling you – you can NOT beat it! My grandma and I used to make this when I was a kid every summer. The secret ingredient: RASPBERRIES!

  1. 2 cups ketchup.
  2. 1 cup water.
  3. 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar.
  4. 5 tablespoons light brown sugar.
  5. 5 tablespoons sugar.
  6. 1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper.
  7. 1/2 tablespoon onion powder.
  8. 1/2 tablespoon ground mustard.
  9. 1 package of mashed up raspberries! (You can leave the seeds!)
  10. 1/2 cup of honey!

In a saucepan, combine all ingredients! Bring it to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently about an hour and 15 minutes! Slather it all over the ribs and throw those babies on the grill!

ENJOY YOUR WEEK, EVERYONE!

-Tamara

 

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