Saturday, February 13, 2016

Smoky Plum BBQ Sauce

I love good food and BBQ... and I try to make as many things as possible on my own. This time I decided to make a new version of my "Sweet & Smoky" BBQ sauce which I made in the past only tomato based, sweetened with maple syrup and molasses and some Liquid Smoke to get the desired flavor. This time I used fresh tomato, fresh plums, a good portion of beechwood for the smoke flavor and some fresh jalapenos to get a touch of spiciness.

The tomatos and plums were cut into pieces and smoked with beechwood for approx. 1.5 hours at 100 to 120 °C (210 to 250 F), I tried to get a good amount of smoke to bring as much aroma as possible in the ingredients... and it worked. Depending on your liking for the smoky flavor you can vary the time in the smoke.

Later all was transferred to a cooking pot to combine it with some diced and fried onions, garlic and jalapenos, some Worcestershire Sauce, a little portion of molasses to get the tangy taste... salt, pepper... that's it. I used a blender shaft to make a homogenous sauce and put it through a chinois to get a nice sauce without any pieces in it... and cooked all for a serious while...

A perfect balance of sweet, smoky and tangy flavor.... awesome!

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