Yes, I know fall officially made it's entrance on Saturday. And while I am excited for the fall season to be upon us (it is my favorite season after all!), I am also not quite yet ready to give up summer. The husband and I are still breaking out the grill at least once a week, and probably will continue to do so until the first snowflakes start to make their appearance here.
The other evening we decided to grill some drumsticks basted in homemade barbecue sauce for dinner.
Making barbecue sauce from scratch is much easier than you probably think. Mince up a little garlic, dump everything into a small sauce pan, and let it simmer. That is not to say that I am not sometimes guilty of using the store bought bottled stuff, but none of them have compared to my own homemade sauce.
I base my favorite barbecue sauce off of THIS ONE from Martha Stewart. I had a handful of golden raspberries sitting in my fridge and decided to incorporate them into my sauce. You could also use regular raspberries. There happens to be a vendor at our local farmers market who grows golden raspberries in her garden, and we were lucky enough to snag a pint of them over the weekend.
What you will need:
1/2 cup of raspberries (golden or otherwise)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup of ketchup
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp of whole grain Dijon mustard
2 cloves of garlic, minced
Heat a small sauce pan over medium heat. Toss in the raspberries and the brown sugar. With a wooden spoon, mix and mash the berries allowing the brown sugar to slowly melt. Add the rest of the ingredients to the sauce pan, and continue to cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes.
Turn down the heat to low, and allow the sauce to simmer for at least another 5-10 minutes until it has thickened up.
Remove from heat. Brush it on your chicken and grill, basting it often with more of the barbecue sauce.
So, sit back and savor summer just a tiny bit longer. There will be plenty of time for the pumpkin flavored everything soon. ;)