I had never really thought about making my own BBQ sauce before last September. The thought was implanted in my brain by the wonderful Sherri (co-founder of Urban Food Crawl), when I purchased some vegan Worcestershire sauce for bloody maries and she said that she used it to make her own BBQ sauces. For whatever reason, that little suggestion came to the front of my brain a couple of weeks ago, maybe the warmer weather? Either way, I decided to try to make my own; it sounds kind of funny, but to start I just looked at the back of a Lucille’s BBQ Sauce bottle at the main components and went on my merry way.
My first attempt was a success, as I had a few friends over that night to try it out on some grilled tofu, but it was more your semi-traditional Kansas City variety. I’ll be making that again and posting it, but my second attempt at BBQ is something special. Knowing that tomato paste is pretty sweet and inspired by this month’s bloghop theme, berries, I decided to get a little creative with my next batch. Why not use strawberries?
I have to say, I spent a little more time trying to get the seasonings right with this one; I didn’t want to completely smother the flavor of the strawberries, but I still wanted it to be savory. After having a couple more people taste-test this without knowing what exactly it was at first, I think I’ve made something pretty delicious and super easy to make.
- 2 Cups Chopped Strawberries
- 2 Tbsp. White Vinegar
- 2 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
- 4 tsp. Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
- 4 tsp. Unsulphured Molasses
- 2 tsp. Yellow Mustard
- 1 tsp. Liquid Aminos
- 1 tsp. Liquid Smoke
- 1 tsp. Onion Powder
- 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
- ½ tsp. Chili Powder
- ½ tsp. Paprika
- ⅓ tsp. Cayenne Pepper
- ¼ tsp. Turmeric
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Prepare strawberries but chopping them and cutting off the stems. Place them into a blender and puree them completely.
- Add in the rest of the liquid ingredients and blend again.
- Place the rest of the ingredients into the blender and blend on medium or high-speed for 30 seconds.
- Pour mixture into a shallow sauce pan and simmer for 2-3 minutes, just to thicken it up a bit. If you want the sauce less thick, skip this step.
Now, I’ll show you one way that I used this amazing sauce! Usually, I would have grilled this, but I just didn’t have the time to be honest. What I used in this sandwich was half of a block of tempeh, a lot of spinach, sprouts, sautéed red bell pepper, avocado, one of my favorite buns and of course Strawberry BBQ Sauce.
All that I did was toast the buns, coat the tempeh with the sauce and saute it for a 2-4 minutes on each side over medium heat. I coated it a couple of times, then assembled the sandwich and proceeded to stuff my face, all the while adding a little extra BBQ sauce here and there. The sandwich had some great flavors and was super filling, next time it’s getting grilled!
The bloghop, this month, is filled with so many amazing blogs! I love that I’m able to be a part of it, and continue to share the foodie love. Here’s a list of all of the bloggers that are participating!
A Little bit of everything ~ Roxana GreenGirl ~ @RoxanaGreenGirl
Baker Street ~ Anuradha ~ @bakerstreet29
Baking and Cooking, A Tale of Two Loves ~ Becky Higgins
BigFatBaker ~ Erin ~ @BigFatBaker
Bon à croquer ~ Valerie ~ @Valouth
Cake Duchess ~ Lora ~ @Cakeduchess
Easily Good Eats ~ Three Cookies
Elephant Eats ~ Amy
GeorgieCakes ~ Georgie ~ @georgiecakes
Hobby and More ~ Richa ~ @betit19
Java Cupcake ~ Betsy Eves ~ @JavaCupcake
Mis Pensamientos ~ Junia ~ @juniakk
No One Likes Crumbley Cookies ~ TR ~ @TRCrumbley
Oh Cake ~ Jessica ~ @jesshose
Queen’s Notebook ~ Elizabeth ~ @Mango_Queen
Rico sin Azúcar ~ Helena ~ @ricosinazucar
Simply Reem ~ Reem ~ @simplyreem
Soni’s Food for Thought ~ Soni ~ @sonisfood
Teaspoon of Spice ~ Deanna ~ @tspbasil
That Skinny Chick Can Bake!!! ~ Liz ~ @Thatskinnychick
The Art of Cooking Real Food ~ Laura ~@TAofCRF
The Wimpy Vegetarian ~ Susan ~ @wimpyvegetarian
Vegan Yack Attack! ~ Jackie ~ @veganyackattack
Vegetarian Mamma ~ Cindy ~ @VegetarianMamma
Please join in on the #berrylove fun by linking up any berry recipe from the month of March 2012. Don’t forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #berrylove event! The twitter hashtag is #berrylove.