Memorial Day Mustard Barbecue Sauce

Memorial Day Mustard Barbecue Sauce

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Memorial Day Mustard Barbecue Sauce

Mustard Covered Memories

Mary is sharing a very special Memorial Day post today…


I am a small town girl, born and raised in central Louisiana. For 22 years, I lived in the mixing pot that was Louisiana culture, where everything was fried, boiled or barbecued and heavily seasoned to ensure the Cajun flavor never left your mouth.

The days we barbecued chicken were my favorite. The sticky, red sauce, secretly seasoned with a touch of creole, was often licked from my fingers, rather than wiped on the nearby napkins because it was just too good to waste.

Each barbecue meal cemented memories of family and warm Sunday evenings in Louisiana, memories that I was sure I would have forever, that would come flooding back every time I was presented with barbecue.

Enter life. Or as I like to say, a tall, dark and handsome man wearing the uniform of the United States Army. At 22, I was plucked from Louisiana and re-deposited slap dab in the middle of South Carolina, on a military base. The one thing everyone told me was, “You have to try the barbecue. They are famous for it.”


It was one of the first things we sought out after settling in, choosing a popular BBQ joint called Maurice’s. I was excited to have something that reminded me of back home, and eagerly ordered the barbecued chicken.

Much to my surprise, when I was presented with my plate, the chicken was covered with a very runny, yellow sauce.

“This isn’t barbecue; they’ve gotten my order wrong.” I told my husband. “Where’s the red sauce? The thick, sticky sauce? This is mustard and vinegar.” I reported after sniffing the plate.

What I really meant was ‘where’s the sauce from Louisiana, the one with all my memories?’ I refused to eat the yellow sauce that day, as any red sauce snob would have done, I’m sure.

Two years later, seated in the same restaurant, a baby joining our small family, I ate the mustard sauce. Not happily, but hungrily. Much to my surprise, I liked it. It left a savory taste on the tongue, one that was much different from my lingering Louisiana taste.


What did that mustard sauce teach me? That life changes. We are often presented with new challenges, ones that we don’t think we’re prepared to take on. And that those Louisiana memories would never leave me, but would fit comfortably next to the new memories that my husband and I were now creating for our own little military family. I knew we would add memories at each new duty station, some good, some bad, but they would be ours.

And so, on this Memorial Day, I’m preparing that mustard sauce and smothering the chicken in it. It’s my way of saying thank you, to my soldier husband, who serves our country proudly and selflessly. Without him in my life, I’d still be eating that thick, sticky red sauce, oblivious to the sweet memories that now flood back upon seeing my thin, mustardy sauce.

Both sauces now have a place on my table, each with their own stories. They remind me that everyone experiences different freedoms, and has memories attached to each. Freedoms and memories we might not have without the service of men and women across the country.

Thank you to everyone who has worn the uniform in the past, the ones who wear it currently and the ones who dream of one day wearing it. Thank you to those who have lived to tell their stories and share their scars and to those who now lie under flag draped tombstones. To every American Hero, I salute you.

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My hope is that you will enjoy the recipe I’ve included below, and perhaps create your own new memories this Memorial Day! And to all our military friends currently stationed at Fort Jackson, try the barbecue, they’re famous for it!

What memories do you have that are attached to foods? Any that makes you especially thankful this Memorial Day?


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Mustard Barbecue Sauce


  • 1/2 cup mustard
    3/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of black pepper

Directions: Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. I find that the favors are the best when you prepare it a few hours ahead of time and refrigerate it. Serve over grilled chicken or pulled pork. {2 TBSP has 60 calories}


Serve your barbecue with a side of slaw (or as they do in South Carolina, right on top of your pulled pork!), baked beans or brown rice and a tall glass of homemade lemonade.

What memories do you have that are attached to foods? Any that makes you especially thankful this Memorial Day?


  • manda says:

    This was such a beautiful post. :) also it came with a recipe I have never heard of so that is a bonus.

    cheers to new memories. :)

  • Erica says:

    I so want to eat this! Ever since my pregnancy I’ve been a mustard nut (hated it before then), so this looks amazing!

    • Heather says:

      I totally agree… I’m a new mustard lover too… up until the last year or so I didn’t really like it :-)

    • Mary says:

      I would love to hear how you liked it! I know how those pregnancy cravings are, I was the same way with broccoli!

  • Angela says:

    This is such a beautiful post! It’s the little things like making that mustard sauce that really matter. Many thanks to your husband for his service.

  • Thanks for the recipe & the post. I’ve never heard of a yellow barbecue sauce before.

    • Heather says:

      Me neither… now I totally want to try it!

    • Mary says:

      It was a shock to me when I first saw it! I think a lot of people don’t know that it’s such a popular sauce! Hope you get a chance to try it and enjoy it!

  • Jenny K says:

    I’ve never had mustard bbq sauce! I’ll have to try it!

    • Heather says:

      Let me know what you think when you make it! I can’t wait to try it myself!

    • Mary says:

      I would love to hear how it was! It is definitely different from the red kind, but absolutely worth a taste!

  • Maria says:

    I remember the first time my friend in College who is also from SC made this for me. I thought it was going to taste just like mustard…wow was I wrong! Thanks for sharing this…yours looks far more delicious though!

  • Debra Gibbs says:

    It is not a successful BBQ until you see the BBQ sauce all gone and at least a dribble of it on everyone’s shirt. Happy Summer and Pray to keep it safe for everyone.