Kitchen 101: BBQ sauces

    What’s more satisfying than perfectly cooked ribs or grilled chicken?  Perfectly cooked ribs or grilled chicken dipped in a spicy BBQ sauce.

    Whether it’s meat slowly cooked in the smoker, or vegetables cooked on a grill, your summer dishes can be enhanced by the variety and culinary creativity of barbecue sauces. Enjoy traditional spicy BBQ sauces, or try fruit chutneys, which make a wonderful contrast to the smoky grilled food.

    We have put together a few sauce recipes for you that will make your barbecue special.

    Ketchup - the base of so many delicious BBQ sauces

    There are so many regional varieties of barbecue sauces, but perhaps the most well-known is the one that starts with the simplest of bases, ketchup. From there, the sauce can take many flavor turns, based on which spices are used. Forget the jar –  homemade barbecue sauces allow you to put your own personal touch on any barbecue.

    Ingredients for 4 persons:

    4½ lbs. tomatoes
    1 apple
    2 onions
    4 tbsp white wine vinegar 
    ½ tsp ginger powder
    ½ tsp allspice powder
    1 pinch of cinnamon
    2 tbsp honey
    salt
    pepper

    Preparation:

    1. Boil tomatoes in boiling water, skin and cut in half, cut out stalks and dice pulp.

    2. Peel, quarter and core apple, then finely cut. Remove onion skins and finely cut.

    3. Simmer tomatoes, apples and onions over medium heat for 30-40 minutes until onions are tender.

    4. Blend with the blender and stir in vinegar, ginger, allspice, cinnamon, honey, salt and pepper.  Place in a pot and simmer, uncovered, until the sauce is thick.

    5. Season ketchup again and pour hot ketchup carefully cleaned bottles and cap.

    BBQ sauce with whiskey

    Barbecue sauce is an American original. Often the sauce is the star of the meal – a recipe that is often a well-kept secret of the host.

    Ingredients for 4 persons:

    2 cloves of garlic
    ginger
    ¼ chili pepper
    1 lemon, untreated
    1 tbsp Worcester sauce    
    1 tbsp soy sauce
    4 tbsp ketchup
    2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    3 tbsp honey, liquid
    1 tsp olive oil
    ½ tsp mustard, medium hot
    1½ oz whiskey

    Salt
    Pepper

    Preparation:

    1. Peel and finely chop garlic. Dice ginger and chili. Slice lemon - 3 slices are needed to prepare the sauce.

    2. Mix Worcester sauce and soy sauce with garlic, ginger, chili, pepper and salt.

    3. Place all ingredients in a pot, season to taste and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes  stirring occasionally. After simmering, remove lemon slices and add a little whiskey to taste.

    4. Before serving, cool sauce and leave it covered for several hours.

    Apricot chutney

    Chutneys are a fruity alternative to classic BBQ sauces. Especially in summer, it is fun to process freshly picked fruits – and to give the barbecue a refreshing touch.

    Ingredients for 4 persons:

    17 1/2-oz apricots
    2 onions
    1 chilli pepper
    1/2 cup water
    3 tbsp + 1 1/2 tsp. sugar
    3/4 cup white wine vinegar
    Salt
    Pepper

    Preparation:

    1. Wash apricots, remove seeds and cut into small pieces. Peel and dice onion. Core chili peppers and cut into thin strips.

    2. Heat water and sugar in a saucepan and allow to caramelize. Then add onions and simmer. Then add vinegar and simmer briefly.

    3. Add apricot pieces and chili, bring to a boil and cook for 30 minutes in an saucepan, uncovered, over medium heat.

    4. Season with salt and pepper and put in clean canning jars.