Friday, 8 February 2013

Homemade barbeque sauce

Homemade barbeque sauce

This was made especially as a little adaption to my pulled pork recipe. After my first go of making it with bought barbeque sauce, we both felt a little bit queasy having digested so many preservatives and artificial colours and nasties! It's amazing how un-used to preservatives your body can become when you don't have them for awhile. I think sticking to my philosophy of no pre-made food works much better for me. 
So here is my homemade sauce, use it in your pulled pork recipe, use it for your steak on the BBQ, on anything really! The great thing is that it is incredibly simple to make and tastes very close to the real thing.

Dice an onion up, and start it frying away in a small saucepan with some olive oil.
 Crush and dice 3 garlic cloves up
 Stir it into your pot- let this cook until it just starts to caramelise, about 5 minutes
Then pour in one 400g tin of peeled diced tomatoes. Once it starts to boil, turn the heat down to let it simmer.
Now for the ingredients to make it taste like a barbeque sauce rather than an Italian pasta sauce. Add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and mix in.
 Find some vinegar with some flavour- apple cider vinegar for me.
Add 3 tablespoons full
 2 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce (key ingredient right here)
 Some salt and pepper. Probably quite a lot of pepper to make it extra tangy.
Stir it all in, and let it simmer away for about 20 minutes 
 Let it keep bubbling away until it starts to thicken. This is when the flavours really develop.
 When it's sufficiently thickened, put your mix into a bowl where you can blend it up
Pull out that stick blender and bleeeend. Or use a blender. Or just sieve it.
 There's your beautiful sauce!

Now throw this into your pulled pork recipe instead of that horrible bought stuff!

Homemade Barbeque Sauce

BBQ Sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, crushed and diced
400g tin diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce

1. In a small saucepan, heat olive oil, then saute onions and garlic for 5 minutes, or until just starting to caramelise.
2. Mix in tomatoes and the rest of the ingredients. 
3. Lower the heat and let it simmer for about 20 minutes, until sauce starts to thicken and flavours develop,
4. Blend with a stick blender, and use it as you wish! In recipes or just on some sausages.


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