And here's to another recipe for the upcoming grilling season: Sweet and spicy maple bbq sauce. Aaah, I can almost hear the call of the grill. Summer is just a few weeks away. It can't get here fast enough, because I've come up with this awesome bbq sauce that combines two of my favorite flavor profiles, sweet and spicy.
Balancing Sweet and Spicy
The maple syrup comes from the farm of an old co-worker: Wendy. Little Creek Maple Farm is located in Bedford, New Hampshire. I used to work with Wendy many moons ago. Our cubicles were close by. Being in the same department we collaborated on projects often, shared lunches and talked about multiple things. Eventually she took another job, I had a second child and we each went our separate ways. Recently, through the connective power of the internet we reestablished contact.
It is so awesome to collaborate with her again, by using and promoting her delicious maple syrup to make my sweet and spicy maple bbq sauce. This maple syrup is so delicious. I've been having it on waffles, and let me tell you, it is to die for! Just in case you were wondering, you can buy her syrup in her Etsy store: Little Creek Maple Farm. She also sells all kinds of cute little things. Check it out!
I love bbq sauces, especially the ones that have a hint of spicy and sweet, so this sweet and spicy maple bbq sauce is right up my alley. Word of warning: this is not a super thick bbq like the ones that from the store, so just be careful when basting it on your favorite meat. It's great on shrimp, salmon, and pork chops too. Tonight I am enjoying this delicious sweet and spicy bbq sauce on baby back ribs. Yum, I can smell them already. Sorry, I need to run, there's a slab of ribs on the grill that need my immediate attention. Until next time!
BTW... you can store this sauce in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Sweet and Spicy Maple BBQ Sauce Recipe
A sweet and spicy BBQ sauce to add a bit of zing to your favorite grilled items. Here is a super easy homemade BBQ sauce for chicken, ribs, pork chops or pulled pork.
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- ½ onion medium sized, diced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- ½ tsp ginger ground
- ¼ tsp thyme
- 1 tsp Kosher salt
- 1 ¼ cup apple juice
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste
- 3 Tbsp hot sauce Texas Pete hot sauce works nicely
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- ¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce
- In a small sauce pan on medium heat vegetable oil. Saute onions and garlic until translucent. Sprinkle ginger, thyme and salt. Pour in apple juice, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup. Mix in tomato paste, hot sauce, brown sugar and Worcestershire. Stir until well blended.
- Using an immersion blender break up as much of the solids as possible. Allow it to come to a boil for about 2 minutes.
- Turn heat down and cook uncovered for about 35 minutes.