Ever since we became food ingredient conscious we’ve had to start making many condiments like mayo, salad dressing and BBQ sauce from scratch. Why? Because no commercial brand, even the organic ones, came without some type of wacky oil (canola) or some faux-healthy sweetener (agave nectar).
Below you will find a basic, yet tasty sauce that you can enjoy as is or tweak as you see fit because, hey, YOU are the one making it so you control of what goes in it.
1 cup Tomato Sauce (or fresh tomato puree)
2 TB Honey
2 TB Unsulphured Molasses
1/4 cup Dijon Mustard
1/4 cup Diced Onions
2 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar
2 TBS Pick a Pepper Sauce (original)
1 TBS Fresh Garlic (powder can suffice)
1 TB Orange rind
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/2 tsp Paprika (a roasted or smokey paprika works best here)
1 tsp Fresh Thyme
Variation: If you’re fresh out, or can’t find Pick-A-Pepper sauce, use wheat free Tamari (yes, its soy but it fermented) or coconut aminos.
In a medium sauce pot over moderate heat, place 2 TBS coconut oil in pot and saute’ onions for about 3-4 mins or until lightly browned. Turn heat down to about mid range. Next, add garlic and thyme and continue to saute’ for about 2 mins. Remove from heat. Add the remaining ingredients and while stirring, return to medium heat for about 3-5 mins. Last step is to puree the sauce to get it smooth, I prefer my sauce a bit chunky lol. I have a hand blender for this step. Of course a upright blender will definitely do the trick. Blend to desired consistency then transfer to jar for storage. Yields about 2 cups.
Once cooled, it thickens up a bit. Feel free to tweek it as necessary. I do normally add 2-3 TBS of any pepper sauce I have around. The kids like it spicy. I wonder how it would taste if you threw in a few pieces of orange rind while cooking the onions and garlic?!?! Or maybe 1 TBS of grated ginger???!? Mmmmm!!! Sorry. Just goes to show you that there are no limits to the creativity one can attain once they spend a little time in the kitchen. I love this lifestyle! 🙂 Let me know what you concoct here in the comments below!
Apply directly onto roasting or grilling meat for the last 1-15 minutes of cooking or use as dip. Posting of food porn is strongly encouraged, LOL!