Barbecue Sauce Royalty

I normally don’t watch cooking shows. I swear to be dead before you even catch me watching lifestyle shows. I’m a laid-back guy, and my choices are usually as simple as a beer-marinated steak. I am not even a gym-going health buff but flipping through the channels once, I spotted the show, « Barefoot Contessa ». I was intrigued when the host said that she’s been making her favorite barbecue sauce. She claimed that she’s been using the same mix for over two decades. I wondered how good this sauce is, and was surprised at the bounty of ingredients.

Barbecue Sauce a la Ina Garten

355.5 ml chopped white onions
1 1/2 tbsp of minced garlic (three cloves)
120 ml olive or vegetable oil
237 ml tomato paste
237 ml cider vinegar
16 tbsps honey
8 tbsps worcestershire sauce
16 tbsps Dijon mustard
120 ml soy sauce
16 tbsps hoisin sauce
6 tsps dried chili powder
3 tsps cumin, ground
1 1/2 tsps pepper flakes, crushed

Saute garlic and onions in oil in a heavy saucepan until cooked. Add the rest of the remaining ingredients and simmer until thick. Adjust seasoning according to your palate. Use this to marinade meat or poultry.

Mind you, this makes a large batch enough to marinade 3 pounds of meat or chicken. If you’re wondering if the instructions are finished, yes it is. I was also surprised that something with a lot of ingredients takes a short time to cook. There is also no difficult technique, just saute and boil. Any person wno know his way around a stove can do this. I’ve just tried and have fallen in love with it. I’d have asked the Contessa to marry me if I met her earlier. I know, I would also be using this sauce for years.

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