Saturday, June 24, 2006

Peach BBQ Sauce

What does one do when one sees a flat of fresh peaches at CostCo for super cheap? One suddenly has a need for peach recipes. Fortunately, I already had plans in mind from the moment I saw those ripe beauties.

Peach BBQ Sauce

4 peaches
2 jalapenos
1 garlic clove
1/2 tsp olive oil
pinch salt
1 Tbsp molasses
1 tsp liquid smoke
2 tsp cider vinegar
1 Tbsp mustard
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp worcestershire
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
juice of a lime

Peel the peaches and remove the pits. Mash 'em a little with a potato masher and set them aside. Put a large saute pan on medium-low heat. Mince up the garlic and the jalapenos. When the pan is hot, add the oil, along with the garlic, jalapenos and a pinch of salt. Sweat for a moment, and then add the peaches and everything else. Bring the heat up to medium-high, and let simmer for a few minutes, stirring occassionally. Pull out your trusty immersion blender and puree. Yes, while it's on the heat. Don't worry, you'll be fine. If you don't have a stick blender, well, let it cook a few more minute just to tighten up a little, and toss it in a stand blender to puree it. Just remember, it will thicken a little as it cools, so it's okay for it to be a little loose while it's hot.

What does one use this stuff for? A better question might be, what doesn't one use it for? Pulled pork or beef would be perfect. You could use it to make baked beans. Or if you're like me, you might season a piece of salmon with a little salt and chile powder, give it a good sear on both sides, and then add some of the peach sauce to the pan. Turn the salmon over in the sauce and serve with a little more peach sauce on the side, and some Hawaiian rice.

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