When Craigy Boy and I were in the USA a couple of months ago we stocked up on some items that you just don't find here in old Blighty. Amongst them was this saucy little gem:
It's my absolute favourite table sauce of all time and I've tried to make it last as long as possible. But, as you can see, it's not long before Sweet Baby Ray and the GW must part company. And the very thought pains me. I will be able to stock up once again when I head to California next week and I'm sure my transatlantic friends would happily ship me over a bottle or two from time to time but it's not the ideal solution. No siree! The ideal solution is that I learn to make my very own. And that's what we're going to do today, my BBQ loving Warriors.
Today's recipe is courtesy of Carol McKenzie, a family friend from my home town of Arbroath. She has made the sauce on many an occasion and it always goes down extremely well with friends and family. Carol is a very nice lady and as such her word is good enough for me! Here are the ingredients you're going to need:
Without a care in this crazy world just throw all of the ingredients into a saucepan BUT only add 3/4 of a cup of coke at this point. The rest comes later.
Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce and simmer for 45 minutes until the sauce is very thick. You're going to want to stir occasionally.
Now here is where I diverged from the original recipe. Depending on how finely you chopped your onions the sauce may still be quite chunky and be more reminiscent of a relish. This is perfectly ok and my Dad loved the tangy crunch of the onions. I, on the other hand, wanted it to be a little smoother so using one of these bad boys
I blended the sauce until I had the consistency I was looking for. I then added a further 3/4 of a cup of coke (the coke is the main event after all so don't hold back!) and returned it to the heat for a couple of minutes until it was all thoroughly combined. And voila!
It's sweet, tangy, chunky, has a subtle crunch and I can't think why this wouldn't be anything but completely and utterly devoured by the lucky recipients. Imagine it with a succulent piece of chicken, a juicy cut of beef and how's about smothering it over melt in the mouth pulled pork?? Lip-smackingly good stuff I tell ya and it gives Sweet Baby Ray's a run for it's money!
Why not rustle up a batch this very weekend?? You may not be hosting any BBQs over the next couple of days (this is the current wet view from where I'm sitting)
but we Brits are used to indoor BBQs and this thick, chunky, Coca Cola BBQ sauce will brighten any rainy day!