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Strawberry basil barbecue sauce


Fresh strawberries and basil make this BBQ sauce uniquely delicious. Bourbon adds extra kick. Sweet, tangy, smoky, a true condiment to celebrate summer parties.



I can’t think of summer without thinking of barbecue. And the star cast of any barbecue party? Well, the sauce of-course! This strawberry basil BBQ sauce can be used on any grilled protein or vegetables. It goes well on roasted veggies too. Be even more creative and use it as a salad dressing, sandwich spread or dipping sauce for fried food. True versatile this fruity one is!



About the dish :

Course – Condiment

Makes – 1 cup

Difficulty level – Medium

Recipe type – Vegan, gluten free

Does it keep – Refrigerate in an air-tight jar for up to a week



What you need :


1 teaspoon oil or oil spray

¼ cup minced onion

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 lb fresh strawberries, chopped

3 tablespoons tomato ketchup

½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

¼ cup brown sugar

¼ cup Bourbon whiskey

2 teaspoons liquid smoke

5-6 fresh basil leaves, chopped




What you do :



1. Spray a heavy bottom sauce pan with oil spray (or brush 1 teaspoon oil) and put on medium heat.


2. Add the minced garlic and onion. Sauté until translucent, about 3-4 minutes.


3. Add the chopped strawberries, ketchup, vinegar, cayenne pepper (if using) and Worcestershire sauce. Add ½ cup of water and mix well. Put the lid on and cook for 8-10 minutes stirring occasionally.


4. When the strawberries are softened, turn the heat off and let cool slightly.


5. Blend the whole thing into a smooth puree.


6. Return to the sauce pan. Add brown sugar, bourbon and liquid smoke. Mix well.


7. Turn the heat on to medium low. Put the lid on and simmer for 25-30 minutes stirring occasionally. It should turn thick and slightly syrupy.


8. Taste after 25 minutes. The raw smell and the burn of the alcohol should be cooked off by this point. Usually, it doesn’t need any extra salt because Worcestershire sauce is pretty salty already. But as per your taste, you can add a pinch of salt if you like.


9. Chop the basil leaves finely and add to the sauce.


10. Pour into a clean jar and store up to a week in the fridge.



Nutritional info (2 tablespoons):

Calories – 63 Cal

Carbohydrate – 13 g

Protein – 1 g

Fat – 0 g

Saturated fat – 0 g

Sugar – 11 g

Sodium – 63 mg

Dietary fiber –1 g



If you like this one, you might also wanna take a look at this :


Roasted carrots with apple butter BBQ sauce




Light, peace and avocados; from my heart to yours!




Do you have any questions? Any feedback after you’ve made it? I’d surely like to hear from you! Feel free to comment below.

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