Red Onion Jam – an intensely flavorful, sweet and tangy accompaniment to grilled chicken or pork, with steak or on burgers. This red onion jam is one that I like to make when having a bunch of friends or family over for burgers. It does take a little bit of time and effort to make but if you bottle it properly in mason jars, you could make a big batch and have...

Deviled Egg Potato Salad – a simple combination of flavours in a very satisfying version of potato salad that you will use year round, from summer barbecues to winter pot luck dinners. Regular followers will have noticed that I put together a collection of 21 Best BBQ Side Dishes this past week and the post was an almost immediate hit on our Facebook and Pinterest...

Strawberry Upside Down Cake – easy and delicious! A moist vanilla scratch cake baked on top of ripe summer strawberries. Best served warm with ice cream! Summer does present its minor dilemmas for me, especially when it comes to produce shopping. I tend to get a little over excited about beautiful summer fruits like plums and especially peaches. I tend to overbuy...

Maple Apple Barbecue Sauce – an easy to make homemade barbecue sauce using common ingredients that’s especially good on chicken or pork. This Maple Apple Barbecue Sauce was actually inspired by my Apple Barbecue Pulled Pork recipe which is actually a slow, oven braised version of pulled pork. That pulled pork is a particular favourite of my soon to be...

20 Best Barbecue Side Dishes – so much to choose from! From cornbread to potato salads, baked beans and beyond; make your next backyard BBQ something special. Whether it’s Pulled Pork, Smoked Brisket, Ribs, Chicken or Steak, you’ve got your main dishes sorted for the big summer barbecue but what to serve with it? As with most times of the year,...

Samoa Blondies combine 2 favourite cookie bars into one; chewy blondies on the bottom with a caramel, coconut and chocolate samoa bar topping. This Samoa Blondies recipe came about, truthfully, as a reason to help use up a large bag of coconut that I had bought at Costco! I’m one of those for whom a great bargain is irresistible but it can be a double edged...

White Barbecue Sauce – an Alabama favorite! More of a condiment than a BBQ sauce this tangy, creamy sauce compliments both smoked & grilled chicken & pork. If you’ve visited as many barbecue joints in the southern U.S. as I have in my road trip travels over the years, you are bound to have come across a version of this white barbecue sauce. I’m...

Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza – the great flavour of a BBQ burger in pizza form; all cooked on the backyard grill. Grilled pizza is something I’ve written about several times here on Rock Recipes; it really is a family favourite thing to make around here on the backyard grill in the summertime. When it’s done right, a few little char marks or...

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Pie – a great dessert to make a day ahead for any Sunday dinner or even a special occasion. A single lemon and a couple of cups of frozen blueberries in my fridge were the only inspiration I needed for this delectable dessert that once again brings together lemon and blueberry; one of the favourite dessert flavour combinations here...

Honey Ginger Soy Surf and Turf – a sweet, salty, warm and slightly spicy marinade does double duty on prime rib steak and succulent shrimp in this simple but delicious version of surf and turf, fit for any summer occasion. As Father’s Day approaches this coming Sunday, I’m again celebrating the occasion with my favourite type of meal, a good old...