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To get the holiday season started, we sent out invitations for, what used to be our annual, Fall Fling. This is a party that we hosted for years, until my husbands mother became sick around the time we usually planned it, and we decided to take a hiatus. Actually, the intermission lasted for a few years, but my husband was intent on reinstating our tradition for the 2013 Holiday Season.
As it happened, it was less work for me to have more than a hundred people in my house, than it is to host a sit-down dinner party for 14.
I cleaned the house, bought prepared foods and made Barbecue Sauce – my husband roasted a whole pig, arranged for 3 wonderful girls to come help out, and organized the beer, wine and band.

The Razorback Band
On our front lawn!!
Complete with Twirlers!!


1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons ketchup
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons tomato puree
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup tomato juice
1/4 cup Heinz chile sauce
1/4 cup Tabasco
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon dried mustard powder
1 tablespoon ground black pepper

Combine all of the ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool then transfer to a jar.

Recipe adapted from Food and Wine Magazine