Thursday, February 4, 2010

Brown Sugar Jalapeño Barbeque Sauce

I've tuned out football since the Patriots' pathetic season ended during the first round of playoffs, but come Superbowl Sunday, I'll be right back on the couch, knitting in hand, routing against the Colts. So go Saints (I guess).

The Superbowl meal must be manly: salty, spicy, and crunchy, and full of starch and fat. Don't even coming near the tv room with your strawberry yogurt or your cleansing green juice. You will be tackled! (Or poked with a knitting needle.)

I'm planning a barbecue-themed meal: I'll finally try those infamous Crash Hot Potatoes (with so much oil and salt, how could they not be terrific?), and I'll sauté garlic and kale. For the main dish, I'm going to cube and fry some extra-firm tofu, then simmer it a finger-licking, pan-scraping, hot, sweet, and tangy barbecue sauce.

My stove is old; don't judge.

This recipe comes from The Whole Foods Market Cookbook; I've made it vegan by replacing honey with brown sugar. The list of ingredients is a little long, but the method couldn't be simpler. Give it a try; it's better than anything you'll find in a bottle.

Brown Sugar Jalapeño Barbeque Sauce
(adapted from The Whole Foods Market Cookbook)

1 cup ketchup (without corn syrup if possible)
1 cup + 3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup dijon mustard
1/4 cup minced jalapeño pepper (canned is easiest here)
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon curry powder
1½ teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon hot sauce (I use Frank's RedHot)
1 teaspoon soy sauce (gluten-free, if necessary)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon canla oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Stir together all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a low simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Sauce will thicken and turn a deep red-brown. Makes 2 cups.


  1. That sauce looks awesome, and I don't even like bbq sauce. Superbowl? Ick. I guess I'm lucky(?) that I have to work on Sunday afternoon and hopefully will only encounter last minute partygoers coming in for snacks and dips.

  2. I'm coming to your house for the superbowl! Sounds like you've got an incredible meal lined up. Crash hot potatoes? Yes please! And YUM, that sauce looks phenomenal. I love jalapenos, especially in barbecue sauces. Thanks for this recipe!

  3. It's funny to read about the superbowl on all the US blogs. We're not that mad about sports over here except for the soccer world championchip. Most people go out and watch the games in huge groups at pubs then...I should open one and serve this sauce. I've never made my own bbq sauce, it is really time to start.

  4. You will love Crash Hot Potatoes. They are a favorite at our house. The sauce looks wonderful.

  5. Wow. That sauce sounds fantastic and definitely better than anything you'd find in a bottle! The BBQ-themed super bowl meal sounds like it's going to be one amazing feast. Have fun!

  6. BBQ sauce is RAD! I can eat that stuff straight out the pan. This recipe sounds amazing and now I am craving some smoked BBQ goodness.

  7. I've always hated BBQ sauce, but maybe it was just the horrible bottled stuff that turned me off... I'm really tempted to try making my own now to give it another shot

  8. Oh, your superbowl meal sounds so yummy! I love BBQ sauce and I love the idea of fried tofu with BBQ sauce, YUM! I'll definitely give this recipe a go very soon, thanks for sharing, Mary:)

  9. Ooh, I've never heard of jalapeño BBQ sauce before. I love jalapeños almost as much as I love BBQ sauce, so I'll have to throw this on some seitan one of these days.


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