Hope everyone enjoyed the 4th of July, and I'm sure many of you enjoyed eating leftovers and the day off yesterday! For our fourth, we had a traditional celebration meal composed of ribs, green beans, and mac and cheese. I made the ribs in the oven (we live in an apartment, so hiking to the grilling area is a bit of a pain) after marinating them overnight using McCormick's Grill Mates mesquite seasoning.
Although my meal was pretty simple, I decided to up the antty and make my own BBQ sauce for the ribs. I didn't want to just recreate a sauce, I created my own using one of my favorite aspects of the summer: fresh berries. I used raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries to add some natural sweetness and tang to my tomato based barbecue sauce. While I was in the kitchen, Steven came in and said "you have mischief face, you have no clue what you're doing...do you?" I just grinned. "I'm sure it'll be fine..."
It was more than fine, it was amazing. The tart and tangy flavors from the berries came through and the apple juice and honey added a nice, natural sweetness. Everyone seemed really happy with it, and it was way better than store bought! If you're interested, the recipe is at the end of the post.
Feeling festive, I also made red, white, and blue cupcakes (red velvet cake, cream cheese icing, and blue sugar crystals).
We of course ate them at the park, so that we could see the fireworks with our dessert :)
So I hope your Fourth was full of food, family, and fun...I know mine was!
Berry Patriotic BBQ Sauce
5 medium to large cloves of garlic
6 ounces of rasberries
10 strawberries (quartered)
2 cups of blueberries
1, 6 ounce can of tomato paste
2 cups of ketchup
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup apple juice
1/4 cup of minced onion
1/4 cup of honey (or more for sweetness)
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
6 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce
Cook all of the berries in a saucepan with the lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar. Once the berries start to break down, take berries off of the heat and allow them to cool. Once berry mixture is cool, pour the contents of the pot into a blender along with all of the garlic cloves and blend until the garlic is minced. Return the blended meixture to the original sauce pan and add all of the remaining ingredients. Allow mixture to come to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer on low for at least 3 hours. The longer the better! Use how you would use any other BBQ sauce!