I wanted to share my favorite recipe for BBQ sauce in time for Labor Day grilling this weekend. I know there are a few decent varieties of BBQ sauce available in the grocery store, but once you make it yourself you may never want store-bought again. Which is ok because from start to finish, it’s less than 30 minutes until you are (or the grillmaster in your house is) in BBQ sauce heaven.
(Yield: About 1 c)
1 c pomegranate juice (such as POM Wonderful)
½ c apple cider vinegar
⅓ c lemon juice
3 oz tomato paste
⅓ c plus 1 TB brown sugar, lightly packed
1 clove garlic, peeled and cracked
1-inch piece ginger
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer (uncovered) until thickened and reduced by half (about 25 minutes). Strain the sauce through a fine mesh sieve; store in the fridge.