Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Quick and Easy Barbecue Sauce


There are times when I feel like Super-Mom and other times when I feel like Super-Failure.

Super-Mom: Yay! I remembered to wash my kid's sweatshirt for school tomorrow.

Super-Failure: (5 minutes before we leave for school) I realize that I forget to throw it in the dryer. And all of his other sweatshirts are in the washer too.

Super-Mom: It's cool. I'll just throw it in the dryer on high for 10 minutes and we'll only be 5 minutes late for school.

Super-Failure: It's still wet. And we are late.

Super-Mom: I'll just dry it on the dashboard of the car using the heater. 

Super-Failure: I'm driving to preschool with the heater on full-blast with the windows down because the kids are complaining that they are hot.

Super-Mom: The sweatshirt is mostly dry by the time we reach school.

Super-Failure: He didn't even need it today.

Super-Mom: I made homemade BBQ sauce!!

Super-Failure: I got a little over-zealous with the stirring and splattered it all over my kitchen.

Welcome to my world. At least I still have (some) of this awesome BBQ sauce to drown my sorrows in. And let me tell you...I am going to slather this stuff on everything - burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, ribs, chicken, my morning cereal. Just kidding. Maybe.

Slighty tangy. Slightly sweet. Slightly spicy. And oh so quick and easy. 

Quick and Easy Barbecue Sauce
Serving size: About 1 1/2 cups

1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup water
5 tbsp. molasses
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. dried onion flakes* 
1 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
Salt and pepper

(*For a perfectly smooth sauce, substitute with a little onion powder.)

Whisk all ingredients together in a medium saucepan. Simmer, uncovered, over medium-low heat for 25 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Source: adapted from Cooks Illustrated

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