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  • Writer's pictureTommy Centola

Cajun Barbecue Sauce

Here's a barbecue sauce that will put all bottled sauced to shame. You can adjust the seasonings to your liking. It has a perfect balance of sweet and heat.

3 tablespoons canola oil

2 large red onions, chopped

1 bell pepper, chopped

2 jalapeños, chopped (optional)

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 large tomatoes, chopped

1 small can tomato paste

1/2 cup molasses ( I prefer Steen's)

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon oregano

2 quarts chicken stock

3 bay leaves

1/4 cup cane vinegar

1 lemon, quartered and seeded

1 orange, quartered and seeded

Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add red onions, bell pepper, jalapeños,a nd garlic; sauté 5 minutes to sweat. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, molasses, paprika, chili powder, and oregano; cook 5 minutes, while stirring constantly. Deglaze with 1 cup of stock. Pour into a slow cooker with remaining stock, bay leaves, cane vinegar, and lemon and orange slices. Place heat on low, cover with lid, and simmer for 7 hours.

Remove lid to allow evaporation, increase heat to high, and simmer about 1 hour or until mixture has reduced and is thick. Remove bay leaves. Puré if desired. Taste; adjust flavor with extra seasonings, molasses and vinegar.


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Good Cooking, Good Eating and Good Living!!!

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