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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Swwwwwwwwwing, batta' batta' batta'... (and a weeknight BBQ sauce in seconds, not minutes!)

Aaaaaaaaaaand, a MISS!!! 

OK everyone- I promised a great paella recipe. Let me just say, that while I created something that I thought was going to be "sssss-U-per"... it didn't go that way AT ALL!! I'll play with it some more, and when it's ready, it's ready! You'll be the second ones to know! (I'm first, darn it!)

Now, summer is here, it's hot, and I am grilling as often as I can. But, I'm also busy, and soon (hopefully) back to work. So I'm going to share a quick and easy BBQ sauce that will keep the weeknights fresh and different, and make leftovers stand out the next day! I'd say it's probably good on everything. Last night, it was great on country-style pork ribs, which- had they not been so good, and been gobbled up so fast, I'd have a picture for ya'!

I may have mentioned before I keep an eclectic pantry. Well, you might not know this, it's a secret, but I keep canned fruit in it. I can hear the gasps, ooh's and aah's already! Fresh fruit isn't always available and I'm not here to impress some chef from "New York City" (NEW YORK CITY???!!!) I'm practical! I keep things I want to eat! So, this recipe has canned apricots, but you could use peaches, or pineapple, but I'm not sure it works well with too many other fruits (I wouldn't try pears). Mandarin oranges would work. Hey- you experiment, and let me know, OK?! And, if you want to make a quick side, chop a bit of apricots, and throw them in to a pan with some couscous, maybe with some cilantro, and you've tied your meal together very harmoniously!!!

Chipotle- Apricot BBQ Sauce

1/2 Can (15 oz) of apricots- or about 4 fresh apricots, halved, and 1/3-1/2 C of the syrup.*
2 T canned Chipotle peppers (I buy a can, and with the leftovers I crush 'em a bit, and put 'em in an ice cube tray for using another time- same with chopped jalepenos; If you do the same, just use one big chipotle ice cube!)
1/2 C ketchup
1/4 C brown sugar
1 T red wine vinegar
1 T soy sauce
1 T Worcestershire sauce (or add another 1 T of soy sauce)
Pinch of salt, pepper

*If you're using fresh apricots, I'd recommend about 1/3 C water, and 1/2 C brown sugar.

Put all the ingredients in a blender, and whirrrrrrr to your heart's content! Brush on meat or fish during the last 8 minutes of grilling! Or use it as a marinade, reserving some for brushing on during the final stage of grilling.

How easy was THAT????!!! And, it's just so darn tasty!

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