Saturday, January 21, 2012

Fire-roasted BBQ sauce

Many times people use BBQ sauce when having something grilled... but to be honest all of them that I had are all too sweet for my liking, I hate those red-colored liquid sugar! Due to this I decided to make some on my own, so I can have an influence on the taste...

So I took my cedar wood plankbox and filled it with the following ingredients which have been mixed before with some spices, balsamico vinegar and olive oil:
  • Tomatos
  • Red peppers
  • Green chilis
  • Onions
  • Garlic

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Vegetable in the plankbox

Plankbox on the grill

I roasted it on the grill for about 3/4 of an hour to give some smoky aromas to the vegetables, the let it cool down and cut all in small pieces. Then I put all into a large cooking pot where I already had a mixture of
  • Tomato purée
  • Beer
  • Cider vinegar
  • Left-over marinade of the vegetables
brought it to a boil and let it simmer for another 45 minutes. Then I used a immersion blender to comminute the mixture and put it through a colander to remove the remaining tomato and pepper skin, cores etc. Adding some fresh ground salt and black pepper... that´s it.

In the cooking pot

A small part of it is flavored with some Laphroaig Quarter Cask, this'll be my personal sauce... because I'm the one who likes the peaty whisky... and it gives a very special flavor to this sauce.

Laphroaig BBQ sauce

One part I left untouched without any more spices, the second of the big bottles got some extra smoky spices and some extra fresh ground dry chilli. Smoky´n´spicy....

The result: 2 liters of BBQ sauce - regular, smoky´n´spicy, Laphroaig-flavored

It's some work to do but the taste of it shows me that it's worth the effort. Less sweet than the stuff I know and it tastes great... and it´s homemade: fresh ingredients, no additives or stuff like that... maybe I'll let it simmer a bit longer to make it a bit thicker.

P.S.: I added some liquid smoke today (01/24/2012)... oh man, now it's really awesome!!