I'm linking up with Lori's Friday Farm Girls @ Heart today.
Summer is a great season for grilling. There's just something about hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, and chicken on the grill. Mmm... The best thing about grilling is that Fernando does it. I must confess that I don't even know how to light his grill. It's his baby, and I'm glad for it! He prepares the meat, I prepare the side dishes, and everything works out just fine.
Some things on the grill call for barbecue sauce, and that can get pretty expensive--especially when we're trying to eat healthy food. I love Trader Joe's Bold 'N Spicy, but that's around $3 per jar. I found a recipe online, but it was way too vinegary and I ended up doctoring it and using it in my baked bean recipe, which was actually pretty good!
A counter full of ingredients
I ended up taking that original recipe and comparing ingredients to a bottle of barbecue sauce we already had on hand. A few ingredients were missing, and there were a few listed in the recipe that the prepared bottle didn't have. So I started experimenting, and I now have a decent barbecue sauce. Fernando really likes it, which is key. Plus we're saving money!
Here is my unique recipe, for you to experiment with!
3/4 cup sucanat (or brown sugar)
6-oz. can tomato paste
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons molasses (I use blackstrap)
1/4 cup honey (may use less if using brown sugar which is sweeter than sucanat)
1/4 cup water
4 teaspoons dry mustard
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
fresh black pepper to taste (I use several cranks of my pepper mill)
couple dashes hot pepper sauce (optional)
Measure all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. (How easy is that??)
I use a funnel to pour the barbecue sauce into a glass jar.
The sauce is nice and thick, but pourable. We had it on our chicken the other day, and oh, yum!
I'll say it again...
~~ BBQ = MMG!! ~~
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