If y’all follow me on Instagram you might have caught this already but ol’ Brutus made the all-star baseball team! We’re crazy excited! We’ve been practicing like mad so it’s been hard to eat good home-cooked meals and make new stuff for the blog. Since we’re practically living at the ball field now I decided to take the blog to practice :)
Hold up, this mama's got to share... are these not the toughest (cutest!) little ballers you've ever seen?? UPDATE: These guys went on to win the Sub-District Championship, win the District Championship and finish in the top half at the State Championship. So proud of them and their coaches!!
We have a really nice ball park which has a huge grill for members. Side note: you know you're in the South when the baseball park has a barbeque grill big enough to cook a hog on. I suggested we have a cookout and everyone pitched in to bring stuff.
I’d concocted this marinade for chicken a month or so ago and we just fell in love with it so I figured it would be great if we marinated chicken thighs in it, grilled them up and made super simple chicken sandwiches. And that’s exactly what we did!
Well, I didn’t do the grilling. I made the marinade and got everything ready and my new buddy, Harry, did the grilling. That’s the thing with all-star baseball. You’re practicing like every day and spending a ton of time with these parents and families and it is SUCH a relief when you all actually end up liking each other and having fun together. Harry’s son, Animal, is on the team too. Yes, almost all the players have nicknames. That’s how we roll down South, y’all. We’ll slap a nickname on you in a minute.
|Harry Patterson |
a.k.a. Grill Master Extraordinaire
a.k.a. Animal's Dad
You can serve these as-is or make sandwiches with them like we did. I think this is a great alternative to grilling burgers if you have a crowd to feed. The way we served these was just on a plain bun with a drizzle of Cajun White Barbeque Sauce (recipe below). I like a few slices of dill pickle on the bottom too but other than that, this all comes together pretty easily. And unlike with burgers you don't need a wagon load of condiments and extras: lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese, mayo, mustard, ketchup, etc.
I got distracted and didn’t take a photo of this as a sandwich OR with the Cajun White Barbeque Sauce on top but here’s what the chicken looked like when Harry was done working his magic. And I’d like to go on the record and tell you our third baseman, Cat Daddy ate two of these and told me they were “seriously really delicious good!” That’s a pretty heavy compliment coming from an 8-year old ;)
12-14 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup dijon mustard
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or more to taste)
1/2 teaspoon salt
Trim any excess fat from chicken then add to a gallon-sized zip-top back or lidded container. Combine remaining ingredients and mix well to make a marinade. Pour marinade over chicken. Seal bag then refrigerate 6-8 hours or overnight.
Drain marinade and discard. Grill chicken over medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.
Serve as-is or on buns with Cajun White Barbeque Sauce.
Cajun White Barbeque Sauce
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Combine all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to serve. Use as a condiment, fry sauce or basting sauce.