As we slide through these final days of summer, we have to embrace the season with everything we have. For many that means lots of meals cooked on the grill. From Labor Day to lazy weekend meals, it's time to squeeze in as many barbecues as you can with family and friends.
Of course, the one thing all good barbecues need is a good barbecue sauce. Sure, you can use a bottled one, but making one from scratch makes it extra good. I love this recipe from The Kitchn. It's sweet, tangy, and really adds flavor. You can use it on chicken, steak, pork, or pretty much anything.
Sweet and Tangy Homemade BBQ Sauce
(makes about 1 1/2 cups)
1/4 of a red onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon molasses (honey is a great substitute)
2 tablespoons brown sugar (I prefer dark)
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dijon or brown mustard
1 teaspoon salt
A few dashes of hot sauce
Freshly ground pepper
Heat a splash of olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
Add the garlic and cook for another minute or two.
Reduce the heat to low and add the tomato paste and cumin; mix in with the onion and garlic.
Add the tomato sauce and all remaining ingredients. Stir until combined and heated through. Taste and adjust salt, pepper, or other seasonings as you see fit.
Transfer to a blender or use an immersion blender to blend until smooth. Add more water, a tablespoon or two at a time, if you prefer a thinner sauce.
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