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Yesterday my daughter and I took a much needed and joyous trip to Trader Joe’s (I never realized how much I would miss that place until we moved an hour away from one!). Luckily, there is one on the way to my OB’s office, so not only do I look forward to seeing the little growing baby in my belly, but I get to stop by Trader Joe’s AND Target! It’s the little things, ya know? I was excited to get my non chemical and food dye laden pickles and pickle relish. Can you tell I’m pregnant? Yep, I got 2 jars of each. I can’t seem to find pickles or relish anywhere that don’t have yellow 5 or 6 or high fructose corn syrup in them.  They always seem to have the best avocados too. We go through quite a few of those in our house. I also got a little “treat” for dinner. I figured our 5 year wedding anniversary was worth celebrating with some BBQ beef brisket and homemade coleslaw tacos. Yes, it was worth it.

My favorite Tex-mex restaurant is again over an hour from us, so I wanted to try and recreate their “Memphis taco”. If I do say so myself, I think I came pretty darn close if not right on. I bought a beautiful grass-fed beef brisket at our local farm this week with that memphis taco on my mind. So we splurged on flour taco shells, but inside was the real food deal.

Here’s what I used:

  • Slow cooked beef brisket – 6 hours on low in crock pot – topped with homemade BBQ sauce (recipe below)
  • shredded cabbage
  • homemade mayo – I’ve referenced this before, but if you haven’t made it yet, you definitely should, it’s SO incredibly easy and delicious. 
  • fresh ground pepper
  • avocado
  • cilantro
  • fresh lime juice
  • flour tortillas OR I’ve never tried them, but have been wanting to make them, coconut tortillas

While the brisket is cooking all day, you have plenty of time to make the homemade mayo and barbeque sauce. I’m not a huge mayonnaise fan, but this one, I love. It’s easy and best of all, I know what’s in it: egg, lemon juice, ground mustard, salt, pepper, and olive oil.


This homemade mayonnaise is thick, creamy and delicious.

bbq and mayo

I store my homemade condiments in glass jars and label with the date.

Homemade BBQ Sauce

I used this basic recipe but instead of ketchup I used plain tomato sauce and added a little salt, garlic powder, more vinegar and less sugar.

  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup red wine vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper 

Mix all ingredients together and you get the perfect mix of sweet and sour to go right along with your beef brisket. If you like yours more sweet or more vinegar tasting you can add or subtract some of each to suit your taste. That’s the best thing about homemade sauces – you just keep going and adding until you get what you like!