Hello and welcome to my kitchen…my hot and steamy kitchen I will add at the moment…although it is technically our winter and we are getting many tropical downpours yesterday and today have been scorchers…I was out at 7am this morning for my first walk of the day and it was lovely to walk in but as I neared home it started to warm up and now it is hot!
I know not everyone is as lucky but if you are and are still firing up the BBQ I have a couple of recipes for you if you are a tad cold then it tastes nearly as good done in the oven and then broiled…and of course, a BBq sauce can be used in many ways not just in the Barbie…
BBQ sauce…it has so many uses apart from using it on your BBQ meats…there is nothing like a rack of ribs with a delicious homemade BBQ sauce…add a little to your Baked Beans, in your burger mix or on your burger, a change from your normal pizza topping, mix a little into your soup it will spice up your tomato soup, make a salad dressing or just use as a dipping sauce for those lovely breaded chicken strips or wings…anything else you want to dip some veggies the uses are many all you need is a little imagination…
We have two favourite recipes for BBQ Sauces one uses Hoisin Sauce and some aromatics the other is a tomato-based BBQ Sauce they are both delicious it is just nice to ring the changes…
Normally when I make this sauce I use tomato ketchup but as I am trying to reduce sugar, salt and chemicals(preservatives) from our food I decided I would use fresh tomatoes which I roasted with a small red onion and 3 cloves of garlic…the brown sugar I replaced with molasses as they are a little healthier…It got the thumbs up from my taste testers… they said it tasted fresher…
- 5 large Tomatoes halved
- 1 small red onion halved
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 tsp tomato puree/paste
- 1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/4 cup of molasses
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 tbsp fresh Lime Juice
- 1 tbsp Siracha Sauce
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly grated Black Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika.
Put the halved tomatoes, onion and garlic on a baking tray and drizzle with a little olive oil, put in a preheated oven on 200C/400F for about 30 mins or until the skins are charred…
Once cooked allow to cool slightly and then remove the skins and blitz the tomatoes, garlic and onion until smooth.
Heat a small amount of olive oil in a small pan and add 2 tsp of tomato puree cook stirring to release the flavour and roast the puree then transfer the tomato mixture to the pan stir to combine then add the remainder of the ingredients …cook at a slow simmer, stirring for 10 mins.
The sauce is now ready to use or it will store in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you like spicer BBQ sauce add a pinch of chilli flakes or a little Cayenne pepper…
Thank you for reading this post I hope you enjoy this new series…if you cook from scratch and have some tips to share please leave a comment I would love to hear from you…Love Carol x