How are all y’all this fine January morning? In my area of the cold swamp we’re still doing the happy dance because Sawyer O’Donnell and Jill Cleary’s story in The Trouble with Texas Cowboys is out there for the whole world to read.
What do y’all think about when you think of Texas, cowboys, rodeos and ranching? When those things cross my mind I tend to think of barbecues or maybe chili cook offs. In The Trouble with Texas Cowboys Sawyer doesn’t brew up any barbecue but I have no doubt that he would be a master chef when it came to handling a smoker or a grill. He proved that when he kept up with all the orders at the bar in the evenings. He could make a mighty mean burger and knew just when to take those French fries out of the hot grease.
Down in Texas when there’s a barbecue, the host usually supplies the meat, whether it’s hamburgers, smoked brisket or ribs or big thick T-bone steaks. The rest of the folks bring in the side dishes and desserts. So if Jill and Sawyer were throwing a barbecue for his family or if it was an open invitation to all the folks in Burnt Boot, what would you take along?
Don’t worry with the desserts. Jill might not cook but she’s a top notch baker. Her apple pie, cobblers, chocolate cake and brownies are to die for. She’ll provide so many sweets that everyone will go home with a sugar high.
You might bring a gallon or two of sweet tea. Not that stuff you buy in a plastic jug at the grocery store but the real McCoy, as in steep the tea bags until the tea is good and dark, add a cup of sugar to a half gallon of water and pour in the tea.
Or baked beans made from your granny’s recipe that calls for mustard, catsup and brown sugar. Barbecued beans go pretty well with steaks and brisket, too, if you’ve not got a hankering for the sweet beans.
Our family is real partial to ranch potato salad which says to start by frying a pound of bacon until it’s crispy…and don’t throw out the bacon drippings because you’ll definitely need it to add some flavor to the pinto beans. No barbecue is complete in the great state of Texas without a pot of smoky flavored pinto beans.
Now that’s just a few ideas for you to think about when you get invited to a laid back, good old Texas barbecue. I might have missed a few things, like Great Aunt Gladys’s homemade bread and butter pickles, or Miz Verdie’s famous gingerbread cookies or Polly’s hot yeast rolls. What could y’all add to the list to make Sawyer and Jill’s barbecue even more special?
Title: The Trouble With Texas Cowboys
Author: Carolyn Brown Release
Date: January 6, 2014
Genre: Contemporary (Western) Romance
Can a girl ever have too many cowboys?
No sooner does pint-sized spitfire Jill Cleary set foot on Fiddle Creek Ranch than she finds herself in the middle of a hundred-year-old feud. Quaid Brennan and Tyrell Gallagher are both tall, handsome, and rich…and both are courting Jill to within an inch of her life. She’s doing her best to give these feuding ranchers equal time-too bad it’s dark-eyed Sawyer O’Donnell who makes her blood boil and her hormones hum…
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Carolyn Brown is a New York Times bestselling author with more than sixty books published, and credits her eclectic family for her humor and writing ideas. Carolyn was born in Texas but grew up in southern Oklahoma where she and her husband, Charles, a retired English teacher, make their home. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young.