Sunday, September 13, 2009

You got a sweeeeet sweetback Bar-b-que Sauce

I'm a true believer in sweet bar-b-que sauces and this recipe doesn't disappoint. It's super easy and when used in grilling it'll char slightly giving foods a whole extra layer of flavor.

The ingredients are:

1 small can of tomato paste (1 cup ketchup works well as a substitute *see below)
1.5-2 cups warm water
1tbsp salt (or too taste, be modest, too much salt will kill a sauce)
1tsp pepper
1tsp molasses
1.5tbsp sugar
1.5tbsp brown sugar
1tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2tsp onion powder
1/2tsp garlic powder
1/2tsp mustard powder
1tbsp mustard (any variety honey, dijon, etc.)
dash lemon juice
1/2tsp liquid smoke
tiny dash of hot sauce

Combine tomato paste and water (*if using ketchup, mix ketchup instead with 3/4 cup of warm water) in medium sauce pan and stir together over low heat until tomato product dissolves completely. Add remaining ingredients and bring heat to a low simmer. Allow sauce to simmer for 30min stirring occasionally, the more time you give it, the better. Lastly, you'll notice the sauce reducing as it simmers, this is good! The sugars are really deliciously blending at this point so simply stir in a tablespoon of water, then as the sauce simmers, continue adding dashes of water as needed so the sauce avoids getting too thick or a skin on top.

note: As with most sauces, this recipe is a good foundation, so go crazy adding stuff taking out stuff.

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