Now that it is summer, and barbecue season is officially underway, my fiancé and I find ourselves barbecuing dinner at least twice per week. As a result, I finally decided it was time to experiment with my own homemade barbecue sauce. I’ve always loved the taste of barbecue sauce as an addition beef and chicken, but I tend to find the sauce offerings at most grocery stores cloyingly sweet. So, in looking for the perfect recipe, I wanted something erring on the side of hot and spicy with, of course, a delicious base of flavor.
My search ended when I found a recipe for Spicy Smoky Barbecue Sauce over at one of my favorite food blogs, Foodie with Family. This recipe is indeed hot and spicy, and the depth of flavor is incredible:
• 3 yellow onions, chopped
• 8-10 cloves of garlic, minced
• 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
• 2 cups tomato paste
• 2 cups Dijon mustard
• 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
• 2 cups molasses
• 1 cups brown sugar
• 1 1/2 cups hoisin sauce
• 1 cups Worcestershire sauce
• 3/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
• 4 tablespoons New Mexican chili powder
• 2 tablespoons ground cumin
• 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
Heat a large, heavy-bottom pot to medium-low. Add the oil and the onions, and sauté until the onions are soft and translucent (about 15 minutes). Once the onions are soft, add the garlic and sauté for another 1-2 minutes.
Add the rest of the ingredients, stirring between each addition. Bring the mixture to a simmer, and reduce the heat to low. Simmer the mixture uncovered for another thirty minutes. Remove the mixture from heat and allow it to cool for 15-20 minutes.
Using an immersion blender, puree the onions and garlic. Transfer the mixture into jars using a sieve to filter out any large food particles. Store in the refrigerator for up to a month, or freeze in a freezer-safe container for up to six months.
Makes about 6 pints.
After trying my homemade barbecue sauce, my friends and family can’t stop telling me how much they love it. So, for our next barbecue, I plan to give everyone a jar to take home and use for themselves. To dress my jars, I chose tags and labels in the style of Provencale, in chestnut and gold.