Out and about in Sacto: South Carolina Barbecue Sauce

Louie Armstrong, What a Wonderful World

Routines are comforting and evolve without effort. Mornings: out the hotel door, walk to the bus stop, nod to the leaf blower wearing a neon green vest, say hi to the blue-haired school girl waiting for my bus, show my pass to the same grumpy bus driver, get off close to the YMCA pool, ask to share lane with white-haired noodle rider, back to the hotel.

Afternoons I run bread and grocery errands, take a bus trip to a farmers market, or just wander.  

Today I took a walk through Bishop Gallegos Square, a lovely retail/restaurant courtyard area near the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, whose steeple we see from our window.

This stunning statue installation, “Wings of the City,” by Jorge Marin brought me back to the square three times.

Quick stop at the Cesar Chavez Plaza for a falafel, back on the Grumpy Bus. This time the #38 whizzes on by twice; obviously I am invisible, which I will use to my advantage when I board and don’t pay.

The building murals in Downtown Sacramento are spectacular. They are put on dilapidated hotels, crisp red brick apartments, stone warehouses, and hotel exteriors.

City-savvy sign in front of mural.

I’m flying to South Carolina this morning to see my kids and their kids. Will miss my Sweetie but will love spending time with Bridget, Jon, families, and dogs. I’ll bring you back some South Carolina barbecue sauce.

South Carolina Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Louisiana hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon salad oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ground black pepper

Combine vinegar, mustards, brown sugar, honey, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, cook over medium heat, whisking, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, stir in butter and oil, season with salt and pepper.

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4 Responses to Out and about in Sacto: South Carolina Barbecue Sauce

  1. Anonymous says:

    Well, fly with your angels and have a great visit! I was wondering what you were doing for your birthday? Great choice to see Bridget and family! My east coast trip was lovely❤️Filled my heart! Enjoy your family and I will be in touch! Much love to you and happy Birthday to you 🎂🌈❤️

  2. Kathy says:

    Have fun in South Carolina! Love the pictures. I’m keeping this recipe to try sometime.

  3. Becky says:

    Tell Bridget and Jon hi from us…do they remember the toe sucking frogs? Often Think of that time at the ocean.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Love all your pictures. Hope you have a great time with your kids. Love you

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