Monday, February 21, 2011

Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce

Adam always gushes about how much he loves chicken wings and speaks fondly of his wing and beer binges from his university days. But because they are so unhealthy, I don't know if I've seen him eat wings more than once or twice in the almost 11 years we've been together. I decided to surprise him with a healthier version last night.

Personally, I am not much of a wing fan, but I do appreciate a really good, sweet, sticky BBQ sauce. Unfortunately, the ones you get in restaurants or at the grocery store are usually full of sugar: brown sugar, molasses, ketchup, etc. You might as well coat your meat in marshmellow frosting!

This recipe has no added sugar, but is still sticky, sweet, tangy and delicious. You can adjust the spice/heat factor to suit your own tastes. It is also super easy to make.

1 cup all fruit/no sugar added jam (I used cherry, but peach or apricot would work well too)
1 can tomato paste
1/2 cup or more cider vinegar
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbls chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
Hot sauce, to taste (I used 2 tsp Siracha)

Whisk all ingredients together. Add more cider vinegar as needed, depending on how thick you like your sauce.

For about 12 wings, I used half the recipe and simply tossed them with the sauce, put them in the oven at 400 F on a foil lined baking sheet and baked them for 25 minutes.

This will keep in the fridge for a few days or in the freezer for a few months.

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