Apricot Ginger BBQ Sauce / by Alex Boake

As I've mentioned previously...we love to BBQ! We love BBQ Sauce! I like to keep things exciting, so I am constantly dreaming up new Sauces to slather on our grilled meats. The other day I came across a big package of Apricots at my local fruit market, and I decided to dream up a little Apricot-based sauce. This Sauce is great on Chicken, Pork Ribs, and Wings. It's a good mix of sweet and tart, with a bit of heat from the Ginger. Apricot Ginger BBQ Sauce Makes about 2 Cups.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lbs Yellow Apricots
  • 2 Small Yellow Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 Serrano Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Ginger
  • 4 Dates
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt

Directions Cut Apricots in half, remove stones. Chop up the Apricots and Tomatoes, and toss them in a small pot, along with the 1/2 Cup of Water. Cook on the stove over medium-high heat, stirring periodically. Add the Honey and Vinegar along with the Sea Salt. While the Apricots and Tomatoes are cooking, cut up your Serrano Pepper, discarding the seeds. Peel and finely mince the Ginger. Dice the Dates. Add the Pepper, Ginger and Dates to the pot, and continue to cook until the ingredients start to break down and become saucy. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Add in the Olive Oil. Using an immersion blender, blend the sauce well until it is uniform and all ingredients are incorporated. Use liberally all over your grilled items! Save the rest in a jar in the fridge.