• Emeril's Sweet BBQ Sauce, from Food Network
We weren't so keen on the ketchup, so ours uses tomato paste and sauce, and there are a few other changes as well. This recipe makes enough for a couple of bbq chicken pizzas (what we'll be using it for tonight) or for several pulled pork sandwiches. If you want to marinate a bunch of chicken breasts, you may want to double it.
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
2 tablespoons brown sugar
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.
(Image: Elizabeth Passarella)