Blues, BBQ & More

Two little girls

“Lazy summer days are made for sitting on the front porch swing, enjoying a plate of good Southern barbecue. The best barbecue is slow cooked on the grill and basted often during the last thirty minutes of cooking.  My friend Phyllis Harper, now deceased, was a cook as well as a journalist.  She compiled some of her favorite barbecue recipes into the cookbook, County Cooking with JUST A SPOONFUL OF SOPHISTICATION (featuring how not to roast a pig). Her family has kindly granted permission for me to share some of them with you.  Fire up the grill and gather in the back yard with friends and family. Complete your meal with corn on the cob, summer slaw and baked beans, and you have a perfect Southern barbecue!”



Mississippi Barbecue Sauce

1 pint cider vinegar
1 t. red pepper
1 c. cooking oil
1 t. Tabasco sauce
4 T. salt (or less)
Garlic powder to taste
Slow cook meat (any kind) over the grill and baste often with sauce during the last thirty minutes of cooking. This sauce is both wet and hot.

Orange Barbecue Sauce

1 6-0z. can frozen orange juice
1. t. prepared mustard
¾ c. water
1. t. soy sauce
1/3 c. packed brown sugar
½ t. salt
½ c. wine vinegar
½ t. black pepper
Thaw juice, add remaining ingredients and mix well. This sweet, wet sauce is good on turkey, chicken, pork or almost any meat.


Elaine playing the blues in Atlanta


The Music of the South…

The blues lyrics woven throughout The Sweetest Hallelujah were written by the author using the name Li’l Rosie.  She composed both music and lyrics for Ain’t No Use Cryin Baby.



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Book plate, Hallelujah




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“Billie still got all her best information from listening at keyholes.”

  The Sweetest Hallelujah


“When the soul is hurtin, I feeds it.”

  Miss Queen, The Sweetest Hallelujah


“They’d sit under a sky hole-punched with a billion stars and send a blues duet up to a moon so awesome it felt like God watching.”

   Billie, The Sweetest Hallelujah