BBQ Sauce

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BBQ Sauce [1] [2] is a miriad of flavours, delightful edition to Barbecue season.



  • 1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
  • 10 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 fresh red chiles, stalks removed
  • olive oil

herbs & spices

  • 10 sprigs of fresh thyme (or lemon thyme), leaves picked
  • 10 sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves picked
  • small bunch of fresh cilantro
  • 10 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 6 whole cloves


  • zest and juice of 2 oranges
  • 1 heaping cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • generous 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp English mustard
  • generous 2/3 cup apple juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper


Blend the onion, garlic and chiles to achieve a fine paste. Over low heat fry the paste in a pan with some olive oil for ~5 min. Blend well: all herbs & spices (as listed above), include a few strips of orange zest (no white pith). Include this in the pan and fry for ~1 min, creating a thick brown paste. Include 1 1/4 cups of water, cook for ~2 more min. Include all other ingredients as well as squeezing the orange juices into mixture. Combine and stir well. Bring to boil, then reduce heat. Let simmer for ~8 min, thickening the mixture. Put sauce through a fine strainer. Rinse strainer and repeat once more. Let cool and use.


  1. Rombauer, Becker, Becker, Irma, Marion, Ethan Espe (2006). 75th joy of cooking. Simon & Schuster Inc.. pp. 586. ISBN 13:978-0-7432-4626-2. 
  2. Oliver, Jamie Espe (2010). Jamie's AMERICA easy twists on great american classics, and more. Michael Joseph / The Penguin Group. pp. 296. ISBN 978-1-4013-2360-8.