We’re in full-on summer mode over here. The food. The drinks. And definitely the laziness. I mostly just want to sit on my front porch and sip on margaritas all day while watching my kid dig in the dirt. Part of that is because it’s too darn hot to even move, but also because, c’mon, nothing quite makes you lose any sort of work-related momentum quite like a porch swing, a summer breeze, and a cold cocktail, am I right?
But, alas, being an adult means I don’t really get to just goof off when the calendar flips to a new season. You know, mortgage and all that nonsense. So I’m trying my best to squeeze in summertime awesomeness where I can—and that means taking some shortcuts. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with a shortcut every now and again. In an ideal world, would we all have a bajillion extra hours per week to hand churn our own butter? Yup. But, I don’t live in that world. And I doubt most of you do, either.
One of the shortcuts I happily use all the time: barbecue sauce. From a bottle. Gosh, it’s so flippin’ easy! And tastes amazing (I’ve tried making my own barbecue sauce at home, and it’s just never quite right). I’m not really super brand loyal, I just try to make sure to grab something with “cleaner” ingredients—lots of them are phasing out high fructose corn syrup—and something that you think tastes awesome.
I love taking bottled barbecue sauce and using it as a base sauce for experimenting. If you’re in a rush, just slapping some bottled barbecue sauce on some chicken on the grill is always delicious, but if you have a few more minutes, barbecue sauce is great for having some fun in the kitchen.
Berry season is in full swing around here, and I’ve been loving using all of our strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries in all kinds of ways in the kitchen. I mean, we all know that blueberries are awesome in muffins and cakes and on yogurt and all that, but they are also great in savory dishes.
This buttermilk barbecue chicken is one of my new favorite summer dinners. It comes together quickly (less than an episode of Fixer Uppers—which is what I’ve been bingeing on lately), tastes awesome, and, my favorite part—doesn’t dirty the kitchen because you’re using the glorious dishes-saving grill.
The blueberries don’t make this chicken taste like “OMGBERRIES!” but they do just add a nice sweet, fruity flavor to the sauce that is bonkers good. And if you think a buttermilk marinade sounds weird, you have to try it.
You don’t really taste the buttermilk—other than just a touch of tang—but it does make for an awesomely tender piece of chicken. Honestly, anytime you have chicken and buttermilk in the fridge, you better be doing a buttermilk marinade. Trust me. Enjoy!