Monday, March 28, 2011

Barbecue sauce

My in-laws were in town a while back to give B and I the wonderful anniversary gift of babysitting!  That's the day that we went to Jaleo.  Yummm, I wish I could go back this weekend.  Oh well, that's off the topic....

My mother-in-law raised four very hungry boys and is accustomed to cooking large amounts of food.  She made pulled pork before coming to see us and ended up with enough to feed an army, but unfortunately her army of boys is now dispersed all over this country.  Good news for me, because B and I got to be on the receiving end of this!  She brought us two containers full and we all agreed that the pork had sucked up a good amount of it's original sauce and could use a little extra.  That's where I came into this picture.

I've been a fan of making my own BBQ sauce for a while now and this recipe is one of our favorites for pulled pork.  It has a bite to it that pairs really well with the coleslaw that I love to pile on top of my sandwich, so it's even better for that reason in my opinion.

Makes 1 1/2 cups

2 T. unsalted butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 t. sweet paprika
1/8 t. oregano
1/8 t. basil
1 t. ground mustard
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. crused red pepper
1/4 t. ground black pepper
1/8 t. cayenne pepper
3 oz. tomato paste
3/4 c. water
1/3 c. cider vinegar
3 T. light brown sugar

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter.  Add onions and cook until very soft, about 5 minutes.  Add ingredients from garlic through cayenne pepper and cook for 2 minutes.  Add the tomato paste and cook until the paste begins to brown, or about 2 more minutes.  Add the water, vinegar and brown sugar and stir to combine.  Reduce the heat to low and cook until thickened to your liking, 15 to 20 minutes.

Let cool slightly before serving.

adapted from Emeri's recipe

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  1. You BBQ sauce sounds so amazing and full of flavor! I've got to try this during the summer, although I would love some of that pulled pork right now!

  2. mmm.. looks good. I love BBQ sandwiches. I will try this out. I have a link party that is on Sundays, you can post any recipe you like, your should post this one next week!

  3. Sounded like a perfect weekend and a great team with your mother-in-law. Haven't heard of pulled pork before and sounds great, esp with the extra BBQ sauce. Will have to make it this summer for bbqs!

  4. Oh wow! I've only recently discovered pulled pork and this sweet/sour, herby/garlic, spicy/tomatoey sauce sounds just right to accompany it. Ketchup just isn't up to the job after going homemade with sauces like these.

  5. I love making my own BBQ sauce. Its so much better then the bottle! This looks like a wonderful recipe!!



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