OFFSTAGE: Miranda Lambert’s Secret Barbecue Sauce Ingredient

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Miranda Lambert’s mom taught her this. (And her mom’s dad taught it to her.) Put beer in the barbecue sauce. When Taste of Home asked Lambert what food aroma she would like to bottle , she said, “My mom’s barbecue sauce. The surprise ingredient is 1/4 cup of beer. It was handed down from my grandpa’s days in the military.” And that’s not the only family recipe Lambert loves. She also reveals a quick and easy one for something called Magic, which sounds almost like a peanut butter cookie. “Take 1 cup crunchy peanut butter, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 egg (from our own chickens) and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Combine, roll into golf balls, crisscross with a fork and bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees,” she said. As for the recipes her husband Blake Shelton loves to love, that would be Lambert’s chicken-fried steak* and her corn and macaroni casserole.*

* I have been obsessed with Taste of Home ever since I had a family to cook for. So while these recipes may not be exactly like Lambert’s, I can assure you, they are damn good.