Friday, April 26, 2013

Chicken & Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Even us food bloggers eat boring dishes like chicken and broccoli on occasion. But last night we were sitting on the couch thinking about how we should prepare the chicken. I was pretty bummed because I thought BBQ chicken on the grill sounded amazing, but we didn't have any BBQ sauce in the house.

Then I thought- Hey! I probably have all the ingredients to make a BBQ sauce in my cupboard and refrigerator, and that's exactly how I took this boring chicken and broccoli dish to a delicious and perfectly delightful dish.

We were waiting on a baked potato to cook, so I had about 45 minutes to spare once I decided to make the BBQ sauce, granted I could have walked the one block to the grocery store and pick up a bottle of BBQ, but then I would have had to walk down and back up four floors. Making it in-house ended up being cheaper anyway!

The basic ingredients to a tomato-based BBQ sauce are: ketchup, vinegar, worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Then you can add any spices you desire, typically chile powder, ground mustard and some form of heat: cayenne pepper, tabasco sauce or jalepaneos.

Barbecue Sauce
1 cup ketchup
3/4 cup vinegar (i used white wine)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
2 tbls chile powder
1 1/2 tbls mustard
1/2 tbls ground ginger
1/2 tbls ground white onion
Cayenne pepper to taste
2 tbls olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Heat ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Allow flavors to meld, stir occasionally for 5 minutes. Serve extra sauce in a ramekin for dipping.

This was the first homemade BBQ sauce I have made, and I'm sure with the summer coming up, we will add a few more varieties for your reading pleasure :)

Oh and here is a random picture of my dear Grandma at the new casino in Cincinnati. Is she not the cutest?!

Hope you have a great weekend!!