Ranch House Chicken Louise

From the family of Grace Hallenbeck


It is grilling season and you are absolutely going to LOVE this very old handed-down family original recipe.  This is the first time I have ever shared it.  It is my absolute favorite BBQ sauce ever!  Try it and let us know what you think!


  • ½ cup apple vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon minced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 6-8 drops Tabasco
  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 3 teaspoon salt (optional, taste mixture first and omit or adjust amount)


  • Brush chicken with melted butter.
  • Baste with sauce.
  • Grill, turning and basting with sauce.

Complimentary recipes to this one by Grace Hallenbeck are here and here.

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Grace currently hails from the shores of North Carolina, a trial retirement location, where she programs and broadcasts a weekly local news show on (all-volunteer) Radio Hatteras. Homesickness overwhelms her many days. A 50-year resident with a heart for Frederick, Grace attended West Frederick Junior and Frederick High Schools. A de facto paralegal from the days when legal secretaries did much research and writing, Grace worked in private law firms. Other employment included IBM, radio, band music, Montgomery County Attorney’s Office, and a long term position with the Montgomery County Council where she retired as a facilities manager. Grace was a minority practical conservative in a liberal charter government. Notwithstanding that environment, Grace is a resourceful, logical, thrifty, innovative, and independent thinking woman--and a great cook! She has been described as “thorough and meticulous.” Having cut her teeth in local government for 28 years, she is well acquainted with the workings of charter government. Grace will share writings of her amusements and observations...and, yes, recipes!