Warm an Oven, Warm a Home

Just because October is nearly behind us is no reason not to enjoy all the flavors of summer. Simple heat up that oven, take the chill from the late October day and enjoy.

Now there is more than one way to bring heat into the day. There is a sweetness to the sauce from the honey. And we all know that honey naturally tames the heat of Habanero. So why not use a Habanero based barbecue sauce? When it comes to an amazing barbecue sauce, our favorite has to be Mad Moose Barbecue Sauce. Let me tell you why. First, it’s not an overly sweet sauce. If I were to add honey (for that sticky glaze) to a sweet sauce, I’d end up with chicken that is way too sweet. Granted, some Mad Moose sauces are a little sweeter than others, but none is overly sweet. It’s barbecue sauce for goodness sake!

There are several varieties of Mad Moose Barbecue Sauce to choose from – Original (2020 award winning sauce), Honey Chipotle (2021 winning sauce), Apple Whiskey, Mad Moose Barbecue Hot Sauce and Bourbon Peach Habanero. While all are tasty, the Habanero is off the charts good.

Another reason we like Mad Moose is because it’s local. If you happen to live in and around Stanislaus County (Central California), there are a number of markets that carry the original flavor. We get ours from the small town events we attend, since that’s the only way (besides ordering online) that you can get the Bourbon laced sauce. The final reason is more political. Zach, the company’s founder, makes no bones about how he feels about the American Flag, his love and pride in America and the debt he feels for those who serve this country in the military or as first responders. Just for the record, I don’t promote or recommend products because of any incentive or kick back. I do so because I like the product. I don’t know Zach from Adam, but I do know he makes an awesome sauce.

Warm the Oven – Warm the Home
Oven Barbecued Drumsticks
Scored Baked Potatoes
Buttery Corn

Oven Barbecued Drumsticks
12 Drumsticks
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 (15 oz) bottle Mad Moose Bourbon Peach Habanero Barbecue
1/4 cup Honey
3/4 tablespoon dried Oregano
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Onion Flakes
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Smoked Paprika

Note: If you can’t find Mad Moose, any hot and spicy barbecue sauce will work. And you can always add a bit more heat on your own.

Heat oven to 375-degrees.

Spray 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange drumsticks in the dish, set aside.

Peel and mince garlic, place in a mixing bowl. Add barbecue sauce, honey, oregano, garlic powder, onion flakes, black pepper, and paprika. Mix well. Reserve 1/2 cup of the sauce. Pour remaining sauce over drumsticks. Cover with foil and bake chicken for 35 minutes.

Remove foil and turn the drumsticks over. Pour reserved sauce mixture over chicken. Bake uncovered for another 40 minutes or until chicken is done, turned half-way through for even browning.

Serve with plenty of wipes – this is very sticky and oh so good.

Scored Baked Potatoes
4 large Baking Potatoes
4 tablespoons Butter
Salt to taste
Black Pepper to taste
8 oz Sour Cream
Green Onion Dip Mix

Heat oven to 375-degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and set aside.

Scrub potato skins. With a sharp knife, cut potatoes in half lengthwise, Lay potatoes cut side up. Score each half widthwise with 6 deep slits. DO NOT cut all the way through. Fan potatoes slightly. Place potatoes on the prepared baking sheet, set aside.

Melt butter. Drizzle butter over the potatoes. Season with salt and pepper.

Bake, uncovered, in the heated oven for about 25 minutes. Turn potatoes over and continue to bake another 20 or until tender.

While the potatoes bake, mix dip mix into the sour cream. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Remove potatoes from oven. Plate on dinner plates, top with green onion sour cream dip. Enjoy.

Buttery Canned Corn
1 can Corn
1/4 cup Butter
Kosher Salt to taste

Drain corn and rinse well. Place butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add corn, salt to taste. Heat until warmed through, stirring occasionally.

Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy.


Author: Rosemarie's Kitchen

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and avid home cook.I believe in eating healthy whenever possible, while still managing to indulge in life's pleasures.

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