recipe by Lori Ross
Homemade barbeque sauce is a delight.
My brother-in-law makes up new sauces every time he grills ribs or chicken for us.
This is a perfect -- and delectable -- gift for the grilling enthusiasts among your friends and family.
Feel free to experiment with ingredients.
Place in clear jars with lids, label and wrap ribbon around the neck of the jar attached to a recipe for the barbeque sauce itself.
3 tbsp olive oil
1 Spanish onion, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans (28 ounces each) crushed tomatoes or 2 cans (28 oz each) can tomato sauce
2 canned chipotle chiles packed in adobe sauce, minced, or
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (or, if you want a smoky taste, 2 Tbsps Worcestershire sauce and 1 Tbsp of liquid smoke).
3 tbsp cider vinegar, red wine vinegar or white vinegar or apple juice or wine
1/2 cup molasses or brown or white sugar or maple syrup
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, chiles, Worcestershire, vinegar, and molasses. Simmer until reduced by a third, stirring occasionally, about 45 minutes.
Working in batches, puree sauce in a blender then season with salt and black pepper. Pour into clean pint dry jars with lids and place in refrigerator. Encourage recipients to keep sauce in refrigerator and use within a month.