If your backyard BBQ or block party needs a shot in the arm, here it is.
One of my favorite flavor combinations for sauces is sweet mixed with spicy. If blended correctly, that combo can really wake up the taste buds!
Since strawberries are perfect this time of year and provide lots of great flavor and sweetness, I like to mix them with the intense heat of habanero peppers in this spicy strawberry BBQ sauce.
I use a mix of fresh strawberries and strawberry fruit spread for my BBQ sauce. The fruit spread gives the sauce plenty of sweetness and helps thicken it as well.
Trust me, one habanero pepper is usually plenty. If you really want to make it very spicy, then go with two, but don’t say I didn’t warn you!
When working with peppers as spicy as habaneros, I recommend wearing gloves. You need to cut them open, scrape out the seeds, and then dice them, and if you don’t wear gloves, at least be sure to wash your hands right after working with them and keep them away from your eyes.
To start the sauce, add a drizzle of oil to a medium pot over medium-low heat. Then add the peppers, garlic, ginger, and fresh strawberries. You want to let these things cook until the berries start to break down – about 6-7 minutes.
Then add the jam and all the other ingredients!
Cook that until the flavors are combined, and then send the sauce to the food processor so it gets smooth. If you don’t have a food processor, you can serve it rustic style.
After you smooth it out in a food processor, put it back on the heat to thicken more.
This was my finished sauce. As the sauce cools, it will continue to thicken.
One thing to be careful of when working with this sauce is adding it too early to the food. Because it’s sweet, it can burn quickly.
I actually grilled my chicken first and added the sauce at the end so the flavors stayed fresh.
It’s also great on pork. You can use a pretty liberal hand with it. It’s perfectly tasty.
It’s definitely a different sauce and not like anything you can buy at the store – which is why you should definitely make it!
Nick wants you to embrace this sweet heat sauce! Check out his blog, Macheesmo, and follow him on his Tablespoon Profile.