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Smoky BBQ Sauce

Makes 2 cups | ready in 20 minutes

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    Smoky BBQ Sauce

    Savory, smoky BBQ sauce has a slew of uses in plant-based cooking. Spread it on sandwiches instead of ketchup or slather it on your favorite plants toward the end of grilling. Most BBQ sauces start with a base of ketchup, but we’re not crazy about the corn syrup in ketchup. We use tomato paste as a base and build up the flavors from there.

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    Smoky BBQ Sauce

    Ingredients

    • 2 Tbsp everyday olive oil
    • 1 white onion, diced
    • 4 garlic cloves, chopped 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
    • 1/2 Tbsp ancho chili powder 1 tsp ground cumin
    • 3/4 cup tomato paste
    • 1 chipotle in adobo sauce, finely chopped 1 1/4 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
    • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
    • 3 Tbsp coconut sugar 2 Tbsp maple syrup
    • 1 1/2 Tbsp plant-based Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 Tbsp grainy mustard Sea salt, to taste
    • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

    Directions

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    1. Heat large, heavy-bottom pot over medium-high heat. Add oil, then onion. Cook onion until nicely browned, 4 to 6 minutes, stirring now and then. Stir in garlic and cook for about 1 minute.
    2. Stir in paprika, ancho powder, and cumin and let spices toast with onions for 1 minute or so, stirring once or twice. Stir in tomato paste and chipotle to make a thick paste. Stir in remaining ingredients until everything is nice and smooth.
    3. Cut heat to medium-low and simmer sauce gently until it reduces in volume by about one-fourth, about 8 minutes. If you like your sauce real thick, simmer it a little longer, stirring now and then to prevent burning on bottom.
    4. Remove from heat and use immediately or let cool and keep in container in fridge for up to 1 week or so.
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