Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Simple BBQ Sauce

Summer is for BBQ sauce. Well for grilling really- but have you tried to grill and watch a 14-month old? I don't know if that's actually possible. 

This simple BBQ sauce recipe is my base recipe for all my BBQ sauce recipes. I use it for a marinade, to sauce up my grilled meats, for pulled pork sandwiches, for my tex-mex tacos- for whatever! You can use this base recipe and cook it with fruit to make fruit BBQ sauces. It's very versatile. 

This week I used this recipe as a marinade and to bake the kids chicken tenders in. I would have grilled the chicken but revert back to my first paragraph- not possible to grill and make sure the baby isn't diving off the couch head first. 

BBQ Sauce

3/4 cup ketchup 
3 tbs maple syrup

Juice of 1/2 lemon 
1 garlic clove minced

2 tsp Wostershire sauce 
4 tbs brown sugar 
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (you can substitute white vinegar)
Pinch of red pepper flakes 
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper 

Mixing bowl

Add all the ingredients to the bowl and whisk together. This can keep in the fridge for a week. For a thicker sauce you can simmer this on low for 5-10 minutes until your desired thickness. 

I poured this over 1.5 lbs of chicken tenders and marinated it in the fridge for 2 hours. I poured the marinade and chicken into a casserole dish and added 1/2 of a medium yellow onion sliced. I covered the dish with aluminum foil and baked for 20 minutes covered at 350. I removed foil and cooked for another 15 minutes uncovered. 

The kids loved it!! See below: it wasn't possible for Charlie to stuff more chicken in his mouth and yes I take his shirt off for messy food.

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