Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Homemade BBQ Sauce


I mentioned this recipe on my most recent Recipe Roll Call, but I finally got around to making my own barbecue sauce. I try not to buy BBQ sauces with high fructose corn syrup, and those organic sauces can be pricey and still contain lots of sugar.

Homemade BBQ Sauce
recipe adapted from The Best Dang Rib Sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon honey
3 tablespoons dark molasses
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring
salt and pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat, and cook and stir the jalapeno pepper and onion for 6 to 8 minutes, until the onion is translucent.

Stir in the honey, molasses, brown sugar, tomato paste, vinegar, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, smoke flavoring, salt and pepper, and whisk until smooth. Bring the sauce to a boil over medium-low heat, reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thick. Store refrigerated.

The verdict?
Still a little sweet, but it had great texture. I liked the addition of the oregano, which I never would have added on my own. I served this sauce with another rendition of The Best Chicken Strips, and it was a great pairing. My son finished his chicken, then continued to lick off all the sauce off his plate...I'd say that's a thumb's up.

Easy Cooking | Simple Cooking 

1 comment:

  1. Chef Hymie Grande (www.chefhymiegrande.com ) is the first and only bottled BBQ sauce to carry the seal of the American Diabetes Association on the label. It has no high fructose corn syrup, no processed sugar, it is all natural and vegan friendly. It is produced at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center in Bridgton, NJ by Jamie Failtelson, a.k.a. Chef Hymie Grande of Carlstadt, NJ. 5% of proceeds go to the American Diabetes Association.

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