Teriyaki Sauce

Don't go buying a bottle of Teriyaki sauce from the store, when you have all the ingredients to make your own already at home and it'll only take you 2 minutes!

There are a ton of recipes out there, but many of them call for ingredients that your average family on a budget may not have on hand.  The recipe I'm sharing today is a great recipe with handy ingredients. Plus you can control the ingredients!  You can easily reduce the sodium (by using low sodium soy sauce), reduce the sugar, no MSG or other additives and chemicals. Also, you can easily use it as a base recipe if you'd like and add more ingredients to it, but it is great as is.

Today I used it as a marinade along with some pineapple chunks and a packet of onion soup mix for some Pork Butt Steaks, that we threw on the grill after Church:

Look for a bonus idea using the pineapple at the bottom of the post!  (Who doesn't like 2 for 1?)

Teriyaki Sauce:


1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup water
3-4 Tablespoons Ketchup


Mix all ingredients together till brown sugar is dissolved. Pour over meat as a marinade or in your recipe as called for.  Makes 3/4 Cup.

Jan's tip: Reserve some of the sauce before pouring over raw meat as a marinade, so you can use it to pour over the cooked meat as a glaze or for dipping as needed.


Here's a quick and easy side dish if you are grilling.  I opened a can of pineapple chunks to use with the marinade.  Toss in a few chunks and save the rest to throw on the grill! I used  some cute grilling baskets, but even in a  packet of nonstick sprayed foil will do the trick.  Grilled pineapple brings out the sweetness and is a refreshing dessert or side dish with the meat.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

One of my favorite shortcuts is to use leftover rotisserie chicken for quick meals. Today I am featuring my BBQ Chicken Pizza made from just a bit of leftover chicken.

Whenever I head to the wholesale club I buy several of the precooked rotisserie chickens and put them in the freezer. Sometimes I just take one and shred it down first into easy to grab bags for even faster dinners.

I have tweeked and tweeked my pizza recipe to just how my family. I think my bbq /pizza sauce combo is just right. The other secret trick is the seasoned chicken meat. Just adds to that bbq taste without all the sauce!

BBQ Chicken Pizza

1 12-14 inch premade pizza crust (store bought or homemade)
1/8 cup bbq sauce
1/8 cup pizza sauce
2 cups shredded mozarella cheese
1 1/2 cups diced precooked chicken
1/2 packet of bbq dry rub. (I use McCormicks Tennesee BBQ)
1/2 cup cooked and crumbled bacon
Optional: Onions: either green onions, or diced red onions, or even caramelized onions.

In small bowl mix together bbq sauce and pizza sauce. Set aside.
In another bowl toss together the precooked diced chicken with the  bbq seasoning. Set aside.
Place prepared pizza dough on pizza pan or stone.
Spread pizza/bbq sauce over pizza dough.
Top with shredded cheese.
Sprinkle seasoned chicken and bacon bits over the cheese.
Top with any optional toppings such as onions.
Bake at 425° for 12-15 minutes or until crust is lightly golden and cheese is bubbly.
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