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Homemade Hot & Spicy BBQ Spice Rub

The best homemade hot & spicy BBQ recipe for pulled pork, ribs, roast, chicken, or other cuts of meat. Simple and easy recipe that's great for gifts and stores well. Could be used for any meat. Includes brown sugar.

This spice rub is so good because it’s so rich and flavorful. It is spicy, as the name states, but the heat isn’t overpowering as the recipe is written. What makes this rub so amazing is the variety of flavors that blend together; there’s no way around having a long list of ingredients. If you leave something out, you will miss it in the finished product, all except for the cayenne which is what makes this rub spicy. If you are feeding children or just don’t like much spice, you can leave it out or use much less than what … Read more

Homemade BBQ Spice Rub

The best homemade BBQ pork recipe for pulled pork, ribs, roast, or other cuts of meat. Simple and easy recipe that's great for gifts and stores well. Could be used for any meat including chicken. Includes brown sugar.

When I was gluten-free, we made most of our own spice blends and spice rubs because a lot of pre-made ones have gluten added (for reasons I do not understand). Now, I’m not gluten-free specifically, but we prefer the flavor of the homemade mixes and continue to make and use them. We do like a couple of spice mixes from The Pampered Chef (Italian Seasoning, Cinnamon Plus Spice Blend, and the Garlic & Peppercorn Rub), but for the rest of our mixes, it’s all homemade. This particular spice rub is perfect on almost all meat. If you can put it … Read more

The Best Gluten-Free Pecan Pie Recipe

Before my bariatric surgery, I loved pecan pie. It was my favorite pie ever, and I made a lot of them. And ate them. No holiday went by without a decadent pecan pie. When I went gluten-free, I thought I wouldn’t be able to eat another pecan pie, but then I had a thought. I never loved the crust of the pie anyway, so why not adjust the recipe a bit and make the pie without the crust? I did it, and the pie was a crazy success. As you can see in the photo above, the pie was sturdy enough to … Read more

Coconut Macaroons Recipe (Gluten-Free)

We have been doing a lot of baking this holiday season, both gluten-free and regular. Our most recent creation was this coconut macaroon recipe which is delightfully gluten-free, a surprise to me. I thought coconut macaroons usually had flour in them, but when Allie and I made these coconut macaroons last week, there was no flour in them whatsoever. Allie and I love to cook together, and this was, of course, a fun experience. In fact, the recipe is so easy that she was able to do most of it all by herself, and she’s only 5!    Print Recipe Coconut … Read more

Chocolate Cherry Cake (Gluten-Free)

I almost didn’t post this amazing recipe, my friend. My gluten-free chocolate cherry cake sounds delicious (and is!) but looks ugly. I mean, truly hideous. It’s so bad that I didn’t even take a picture of the whole thing. What I have above is as good as it gets. As usual, my foibles make good learning experiences for you. I did some research after my regrettable mistake and found a way for you to make this cake Pinterest-worthy. I have included those instructions in the recipe below. Now, on with the post I wrote as the cake was baking (thus, … Read more

S’mores Cheesecake with Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

On Wednesday, while Grace was taking a nap (she’s been quite sick), Allie and I made a s’mores cheesecake to bring some of our favorite flavors together. I had a new cheesecake recipe to try out, and we haven’t had a campfire in a while to get our s’mores fix, so it seemed like a good combination. Was it ever a good combination! That is the understatement of the year. Every bite of this rich cheesecake was loaded with the sticky goodness of marshmallows and the rich sweetness of my homemade hot fudge, and it was – dare I say … Read more