CONTEST: Who loves BBQ Sauce???


I do! I do! I do! Who loves supporting local companies and businesses??? I do!

So with that said, I am pleased to bring you my first ever contest. Woohoo!!!  On top of that, what better thing to kick off the first contest with than some of the most amazing BBQ Sauce ever!

I’m so in love with Tay’s BBQ Sauce that I would like to give you two bottles of it. One is their “Sweet and Smoky”, and the other is their “All Purpose”. I think they both should be labeled all purpose because I use them each on everything! Below are a couple of links for you to check out two posts I’ve already written about this culinary delight called Tay’s Southern BBQ Sauce.

BBQ Sauce Makes Life Sexier

Quick and Easy Dinner Alert!

Gosh I love this stuff!

A little tidbit from Tay’s website…“Tay’s Sauce, LLC was created by Doug Hankins and his daughter, Taylor, from Cameron, NC. One year, they made BBQ sauce as Christmas gifts for their family and friends. Everyone loved the sauce, and it became a common request for them to make more. They were encouraged to bottle and sell their sauce, so in the spring of 2009, the “All Purpose Southern BBQ Sauce” was made available for purchase. After the all-purpose sauce took off, people started requesting a sweeter and smokier flavor. After months of trying to find just the right flavor combination, Doug introduced the “Sweet ‘N Smokey” flavor in the spring of 2011. We know that you will love this sauce just as much as their friends and family do. Doug and Taylor discussed that a percentage of all proceeds will go to their home church.”


How to Enter:

The only thing you have to do to enter the contest is leave a comment below that tells me why you love BBQ Sauce.

***For extra entries***(once you complete each one, comment below and let me know you did it)

Good luck everyone, and I am so incredibly excited to share Tay’s with you!


Contest ends Sunday, September 30, 2012, at 11:59pm ET. 

Tay’s Sauce, LLC is part of the fast growing “Goodness Grows in NC”, a department of the North Carolina Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Here’s to the first: Sundays with Friends

steak-kabobs-012 via Pantry Chef

Here’s to the beginning of a beautiful Sunday tradition…Sundays with Friends!  I feel like I need a Mimosa or Bloody Mary in my hand to toast to this morning.  However, I have neither bubbly or tomato juice.  For one, I don’t like to drink tomato juice in order to indulge in a Bloody Mary…and two, …. wait…. I just might have some bubbly…. I’ll go check my pantry, while you enjoy the below post from the Pantry Chef, Sunny!  Doesn’t her name just make you smile???  *smiles*

I was fortunately featured on recently as a “Featured Blogger”, and luckily received a very nice email from Sunny with Pantry Chef. She read my post entitled “I want YOU! (Yes, I’m pointing at you!)” and wanted to contribute to Sundays with Friends. Thank you, Sunny!

I know a lot of you have said you were getting things together. So, send them on when you have the items. I’m excited to read all of them!

Sidenote: The best things about writing for you on Sunday mornings…sitting in my bay window looking out at my ever-growing garden, cat beside me on the chair (chattering at all of the birds on the bird feeders), the hub is still asleep (this means it’s quiet, except for his incessant snoring), and being able to sit here with my hair a muss and no make-up. You wouldn’t have known I didn’t look cute behind this computer screen if I hadn’t of told you. However, from the reflection in the computer screen…I might need to brush my hair soon. It is looking a little rough. *smiles*

On to Sunny! Welcome to Sundays with Friends, Sunny!

Check Sunny’s page out, Pantry Chef, directly by clicking here.

Follow this link to her actual post on the below recipe.

Thank you again, Sunny, for sharing your recipe with The Onyx Plate!

Steak and Veggie Kabobs via Pantry Chef

This marinade isn’t true to the original recipe because I couldn’t remember it exactly but comes from a great friend and amazing lasagna maker, Web. He made it for us a few weeks back and they were amazing!

Summertime screams “Turn on the Grill!” so that is just what we did. What better way to beat the 100° weather than to spend time outside over a fiery grill? Kidding… it always takes some convincing in this hot humidity to get the grill going in our house but tonight, it was well worth it.

Time: 24 hours… but seriously about 10-15 minutes to prepare
Servings: 4-6
Level: Easy

1 c. Zesty Italian dressing
1/2 c. Worcestershire
1/2 c. Dale’s Low Sodium Steak Seasoning (picture in slideshow)
2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 1/2 lbs. chuck roast, or your favorite cut of beef… almost anything will do, cut into big bite sized pieces
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped into big bite sized pieces
1 green bell pepper, chopped into big bite sized pieces
1 red bell pepper, chopped into big bite sized pieces
1 onion, chopped into big bite sized pieces
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
1/2 package white button mushrooms, cut in half, length wise

In a long dish, whisk marinade ingredients together. Add meat and veggies.

Toss to coat. Cover dish in plastic wrap and let sit overnight in the fridge, stirring once or twice throughout the day.

When ready to grill, thread meat and veggies on skewers.

Grill over medium heat for 10 minutes, turning often to ensure even grilling.


– Serve with a side of brown rice.
– Skewer pineapple and grill for a sweet addition.
– Use leftovers to make steak fajitas.

Grilled Banana Pudding – Yes, I said grilled.


Now yes, I know, this sounds like an idea where I’ve gone bananas (hehe). But, I promise, it’s worth the try, and SUPER easy. Three ingredients, and man’s (or woman’s) best friend. No, we’re not using a dog to make this…it’s the grill. The epitome of Summer time. To me, there is nothing better than firing up the grill, sitting on the patio with an ice cold beer (yes, I enjoy a brilliant beer), and smelling your food on the grill as it cooks to perfection.

On to the recipe folks!

Let me preface this with I received this recipe verbally at a good friend’s birthday party – from her sister to be exact. However, I may have missed a few steps. So, without googling, I just attempted it on my own. Add or subtract as you see fit, and as with all the recipes I put up here…I encourage you to make it your own!

Grilled Banana Pudding

  • 4 or 5 bananas (depending on how many people there are – one per person)
  • 1 can EagleBrand Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 cup crushed Nilla Wafers


  1. After you have grilled your main meal’s goodies, place the bananas on the grill, turn it off, and close the grill. Go and eat your main course.
  2. Return to the grill and find warm bananas, slightly browned most likely. Here is where mine got iffy. I returned to coldish bananas. So, I cranked the grill on high, had the bananas on the top rack, and cooked on each side for 5 minutes until the peels were nice and dark.
  3. Remove the bananas from the grill onto a pan (because you just might be getting ready to make a mess like I did).
  4. While the bananas are lying down on their side, slit them from top to bottom to create an opening to eat out of. Pull the peel open a bit to expose the banana.
  5. Drizzle EagleBrand inside the banana peel. I sliced my banana a few times in the peel to get more of the goodness of the EagleBrand all over it! Yum! Heaven!
  6. Last, but certainly not least (I added this step), sprinkle crushed Nilla Wafers on top of the banana in the peel.
  7. Serve in the peel like a boat for a wonderful presentation, and enjoy!

Check out those grill marks on the bananas!  Gotta love grill marks on almost anything.  It’s the mark of perfection.  *smiles*

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BBQ sauce makes life sexier…


There’s so much to be said about BBQ here in North Carolina. Soooooooo very much. The main thing is the East and West battle of the sauces. One is more vinegar based, one is more tomato based. And, you know what? That’s fine and dandy with me. I can appreciate the beauty in both styles. Sometimes you want to lick it off your fingers, sometimes you want to sop your cornbread in it or add it to slaw. What’s most beautiful is when you find a sauce that can take care of you both ways. Simply said…yum!

I recently met back up with a childhood friend of mine. You know the type of childhood friend where it’s been around 20 years since you’ve seen them – dang that makes me feel old! Regardless of how old it made me feel, there was one huge plus that came out of the meeting – besides finding the male version of me…I know, scary for the world – a new BBQ sauce to try!!! *smiles*

Allow me to introduce you to Tay’s Southern BBQ Sauce – Voted #1 in the Mild BBQ Sauce category at the 2010 NC Hot Sauce Contest. Fourth place at the 2010 National Best of the Best BBQ Sauce Competition in the Tomato Mild category.

But, don’t take it from the judges. Take it from me! My readers, of all people, know I love to support local farmers and businesses with truly good products because goodness really does grow in NC. From Tay’s site – Tay’s Sauce, LLC is part of the fast growing “Goodness Grows in NC”, a department of the North Carolina Agriculture and Consumer Services.

How could you not support your local folks that make your mouth water with anticipation of the goodness in their bottles behind their labels??? Luckily for me, Tay’s makes it easy. Their BBQ sauce was sexy smooth on the palate and the perfect blend of Eastern and Western NC. Since I’m new to Tay’s, I’ve only eaten it on one thing so far…Salmon. But, I’m looking forward to having it on chicken, ribs, pork chops, pulled pork, etc. Oh yeah, I may not have eaten my finger off, but I did lick a bit off of it (this is the sexy part of it – a good food is measured by how finger-licking good it is). Doesn’t that count for something? Although, I must be careful, because I have been told Tay’s is not responsible for missing fingers if I so choose to get their BBQ sauce on one and begin to chow down. *smiles*

You can visit Tay’s site by clicking here.

Once more, you can’t go wrong with a sauce that has this on the label…….. “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Psalm 34:8

Good stuff….Good people….Good sauce….

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