Spring Grilling with Stonewood Smokehouse

It finally feels like spring is here, and many across Metro Detroit might feel like taking that cover off the grill for some barbeque.

Gary Wakeford, of the Stonewood Smokehouse Bar and B.B.Q. in Roseville, brought his portable grill and smoker to the Fox 2 Studios Sunday morning and shared some of his signature barbeque recipes.

Like most grilling experts, Wakeford puts a heavy emphasis on having the right sauce. Here’s his recipe for barbeque rub and sauce.


  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 3 teaspoons pepper
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup Cajun pepper
  • ¼ cup paprika
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

BBQ Sauce

  • 5 ½ cups of water
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • ¼ cup cherry juice from concentrate
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • Pinch of salt
  • Dash of onion powder
  • Dash of garlic powder
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • Dash of black pepper
  • Corn starch as needed to thicken

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