Yes, you read that correctly!  Peanut Butter BBQ Sauce.

Victor was searching for a different BBQ sauce to make tonight and this one from Paula Deen struck his fancy.  And mine!

It’s a thin vinegar-based sauce along the lines of a North Carolina regional sauce.  This ain’t KC Masterpiece, so don’t expect it.

I liked it a lot in the pan – it has a great peanutty flavor that’s really intriguing, – but it wasn’t that strong once the meat was done. It was good, but I think just a bit more oomph would have sent it over the top!  A bit more heat – and more peanut butter!

It was funny reading the reviews on the website.  People slammed it left and right.  Almost every complaint was that it was too vinegary.  Uh…  It’s a vinegar-based sauce.  It’s the main ingredient.  I mean, really!  Get a clue.

The ribs were from Polyface Farm.  Nice babybacks.  I haven’t had them in quite a while.  Meaty and tender with lots of flavor on their own.

Spicy BBQ Sauce

Paula Deen

  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons celery seed
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 4 tablespoons butter


Bring all ingredients to a boil until peanut butter dissolves. Stir to avoid sticking. Lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, the knee is coming along.  Today it’s been sore and stiff but I’m walking on it unaided.

I don’t plan on running any marathons any time soon, but it’s really coming along well.  I’m pleased, and I’m sure the Dr will be when I see him Thursday.  In the meantime, there’s plenty to keep me busy.

I think I may have to attempt dinner tomorrow night.  I lovelovelove having Victor cooking, but he’s going to need a break soon.

We shall see…..