Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Blackberry Barbecue Sauce

We'd had some blackberries in the freezer that we picked last summer.  We didn't have enough to make a crumble or a pie, so Justin decided to make a barbecue sauce out of them. Came out great!  Playlist: Lars Frederiksen & The Bastards on Pandora. -Jen

  • 2 cups blackberries
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup minced ginger
  • 5-6 dashes hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth.  Pour into saucepan and simmer for 20-30 minutes until reduced. 

Some simple variations on this recipe would be to substitute chipotles in adobo sauce for the ginger in order to give it more of a smokey, chili flavor.  Agave syrup could be substituted for the honey or a little molasses could be added to give it more depth of flavor.  Limes or other citrus zest could be added; cloves, cinnamon, or a myriad of other spices to give it more of a range of flavors.  The variations are limited only by your imagination at this point. -Justin

Serving suggestions: served as a warm sauce for chicken, pork, or egg rolls. (Haven't baked or grilled with it yet, so not sure if it'd burn too easily or not with the sugars that are in it - you've been warned!)

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