Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Bayou BBQ Sauce

For some reason, I lost my mind and have no "cover" shot for this.  So I borrowed this photo off of the internet.  I take no credit for it.  The video below, however, does demonstrate the process Canon and I went through to make our very simple sauce. 

We were down at my parent's fishing camp in Cocodrie, LA this past weekend for Father's Day.   You know, doing the whole fishing weekend deal.  Now if you know anything about a place such as this, you are probably aware that once you are there, you sort of have to "make do" with ingredients on hand.  Since it's about a mile from the literal end of the road, where the United States turns into the Gulf of Mexico, if you have to go back "into town" to get something, it can take you a bit.  Ha!  

Well we happen to have a big bag of chicken thighs in the fridge.  Someone suggested we throw them on the grill.  Before you know it, the words "Why don't we make some BBQ sauce to baste those with?" just involuntarily popped out of my mouth.  I don't know where these things come from sometimes.  It makes me shake my head.  And that's how I get myself into these things.  So of course this BBQ sauce is made with whatever pantry ingredients I found on hand.  Everyone enjoyed it a great deal... and of course the fact that there are no preservatives or big hard words is a plus!  😀


Ingredients:
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup mustard
  • 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp balsamic glaze reduction
* I didn't put any real "heat" (like cayenne) in this recipe, because my daughter is very sensitive to it.  But feel free to add some if you'd like a little extra kick.

Method:
Saute diced onions in EVOO until soft and translucent.  Add other ingredients over medium heat. Cook until desired consistency.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.  Blend to smooth consistency. Keep in covered container up to one week in refrigerator.

Funny story about this: The leftover BBQ was stored in an old Smuckers jelly jar and stored in the fridge. You know how it goes, right? The next evening at dinner, my stepdad says, "Oh by the way, Julie. I found out where you stored your BBQ sauce." ??? "We got up this morning at 5am, made breakfast for everyone before going out... and something just seemed 'off' when I spread that jelly on my toast." Bahahaha!!! 🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂

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