Homemade Cherry BBQ Sauce
1 medium onion, chopped
1 teaspoon grapeseed oil
1-1/2 cups fresh ripe cherries, pitted
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1-3/4 cups canned crushed tomatoes
½ cup fresh squeezed orange juice (1 large orange)
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
½ cup ketchup
1 tablespoon honey
2 to 3 teaspoons liquid smoke (optional)
In a saucepan, add 1 teaspoon of grapeseed oil and the chopped onion. Sauté until onion is translucent and turning brown, about 12-15 minutes. Add the garlic, sauté an additional 3 to 5 minutes. Add the cherries, mix into the garlic and onion and cover, allowing cherry juice to begin to leech out, about 3 minutes. Uncover and add the crushed tomatoes, orange juice, ketchup, honey, apple cider vinegar, chili powder, ground red pepper, paprika and liquid smoke. Bring to a full boil and allow to bubble 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer the contents of the saucepan to an emulsion blender. Emulsify until very smooth.
Optional for a thicker sauce: Transfer the sauce back to the saucepan and simmer on medium-low for 30 to 40 minutes in order to thicken. The sauce should be barely bubbling and be sure to stir periodically. Allow sauce to cool before transferring it to a container. If need be, allow it to cool more in the container before refrigerating it.
Keep refrigerated for use for up to 1 week.
Barbecue sauce made at home with fresh ingredients. Sweetened naturally with cherries and honey instead of sugar. Just the right amount of kick!
4.5 cups bbq sauce
Monday, July 9, 2012 - 12:06pm