Sunday, July 3, 2011

Balsamic BBQ Sauce

Woke Up This Mornin' ~ Had No BBQ Sauce
Woke Up This Mornin' ~ Had No BBQ Sauce

Sounds like a blues tune to me, guess I better learn to play the guitar!

That's right, I woke up this morning' and found I had no BBQ sauce. Of course it being 6 am on a Sunday I certainly did not feel like schlepping to the store for one bottle so I did what any respectful grill dude would do, I cooked some up. As I am usually found doing, I was cooking this in the outdoor test kitchen so any of the neighbors who had their windows open are waking up hungry for some BBQ!

This is not your ordinary, every day BBQ sauce either. What we have here is a pungent, tangy, spicy sauce that will open your eyes and make you take notice! With the use of balsamic vinegar & Tango Spice Southwest Sunset, this is a powerful sauce that really delivers a big flavor!

Balsamic BBQ Sauce

1 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
3/4 Cup Ketchup
1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
1 TBS Dijon Mustard

3 Cloves Garlic / smeared
1 Small Red Onion / minced
1 TBS Canola Oil

1/3 Cup Brownulated Sugar*
1 TBS Tango Spice Southwest Sunset**
1/2 tsp Kosher Salt

Place the oil, onion & garlic in a medium hot sauce pan, heat for a minute or two 
Add the dry ingredients, stir to combine and heat for two minutes, stir constantly so the brownulated sugar does not burn 
Add the wet ingredients and stir until all the ingredients are incorporated and the mixture is smooth. 
Simmer over medium-low heat about 15 to 20 minutes, while constantly stirring the pot. The sauce will reduce about 1/4
Remove from the heat, let cool and put in an airtight jar or squeeze bottle.
This makes just under two cups.

If you wish, you can strain or run in a food processor for an even smoother sauce.

* Brownulated Sugar: This is a pourable brown sugar with a medium molasses flavor. It doesn't lump, cake, or harden. You can use it for baking, sprinkling on fruits, cereals, pancakes, and ice cream. This is a cup for cup replacement for regular light brown sugar, not dark brown.

** Tango Spice Southwest Sunset: This is our version of chili powder, though it is a bit more aromatic and flavorful.