Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Peach BBQ Sauce
Someone said to me recently, "That's BBQ sauce? It looks so light!" And it's true. When most people hear "BBQ sauce," they expect a ruddy red condiment with a tomato tang. But not this recipe. There is no tomato at all here! Just peaches and lots of yummy spices, essentially. The acidity that is typically found in tomatoes is presented by other ingredients. This peach BBQ sauce has a fiery kick to it, so don't be mislead by the pale color - this sauce has strong enough "legs" to stand up to most BBQ applications (though my kids like it on chicken nuggets). I paired mine with wood-grilled baby back ribs. Have fun with this, and if you make it, report back to me on what you paired it with!
Peach BBQ Sauce
Makes Roughly 3 Pints
3/4 cup red onion (about one medium), diced
2 jalapeño peppers, minced with seeds*
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 teaspoon kosher salt
4 cups peaches, skins removed, diced
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup water
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon whiskey
1. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, peppers, and garlic into the pot and sprinkle with the salt. Sweat until the onions turn translucent (reduce the heat if needed to avoid burning the garlic).
2. Reduce heat to medium and add the peaches. Use a wooden spoon to break the peaches down. Add vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and vinegar and bring to a simmer.
3. Add the brown sugar, Dijon mustard, black pepper and cloves. Simmer until slightly thickened and stir often (about 15 minutes). Add the whiskey and cook for two additional minutes. Remove from heat.
4. Ladle one-quarter of the sauce into a blender and puree (be careful of steam!). Or use a stick immersion blender to puree in the pot. This sauce can be hot water bath canned, frozen, or kept in the refrigerator for one month. Enjoy!
*If two jalapeños seems to spicy for your taste, you can reduce to one pepper, with seeds, or completely eliminate the seeds altogether (the seeds are the hottest part of the pepper).