It’s Sunday… and why not some barbecued ribs, chicken or burgers for lunch? I will be the first to admit that we used to buy bottled barbecue sauces from the grocery. It just seemed so convenient and reasonably priced. Just pour them onto your meats and grill away… A quick look at the bottled ingredients didn’t seem so bad — only “modified” food starch and natural smoke flavor seem out of the ordinary — but what if we made our own instead? Would it hold up to the “commercial” taste we had grown accustomed to? The answer is a resounding YES!!! This is our take on BBQ sauce… great on beef ribs, hamburgers and probably chicken as well.
The recipe is inspired by a BBQ sauce recipe I found on-line from “Canadian Living” using stout, but I changed several ingredients, and added a special local ingredient to make it our own… To make a batch of four cups cooked barbecue sauce you will need: 3 Tbsp of canola oil, 2 medium sized white onions, chopped, 5 cloves garlic, minced, 1 Tbsp tomato paste, 2 and 3/4 cups of del monte tomato sauce (original) or if you have it tomato puree or bottled Italian passatta, 1/2 cup of mild molasses, 2 cups of cerveza negra, 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar, 2-3 Tbsp of tamarind or sampaloc paste, 3-4 Tbsp muscovado or dark brown sugar, salt and pepper to taste.
In a saucepan, add the oil over medium heat, add the onions and saute for 2-3 minutes, before adding the minced garlic. After about 5 minutes of sauteeing, add the tomato paste and stir well. Add the tomato sauce, molasses, beer, vinegar, tamarind paste and sugar and mix well. Season with a bit of salt and pepper. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for some 25-30 minutes and taste as it cooks, adjusting ingredients as desired, including sugar, salt, etc. When it looks like it’s roughly 4 cups of sauce, strain the sauce and cool… It’s ready to use straight away, or you can store it in the fridge for a few days until needed. It was excellent. Tangy, sweet, salty and rich. And a slight bitterness at the finish… Not as SHARPLY flavored as bottled sauces, but subtly nice and wonderfully homemade. Delicious!