Ever on the quest to use up those fabulous plums from my tree, I whipped up some plum barbecue sauce today. I do mean whipped up – just a few ingredients, let it simmer away, puree and jar. Couldn’t be easier, I promise!
Start by sauteing some onion in a little olive oil…
…and while those are getting a bit soft, take the pits out of your plums…
…then give them a rough chop.
Next, as Rachel Ray says, “Everyone into the pool!” In this case that would be plums, tomatoes, ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, balsamic and salt.
Let everything simmer for about an hour without the lid on and it will thicken and reduce and look something like this.
I use a stick blender to puree it right in the pot, but transfer to a traditional blender or food processor if you don’t have a stick blender.
Because of the acid (tomatoes and vinegar) this should keep for 4-6 months in the fridge, but you can freeze it if you want it to last longer. You could always also do traditional canning to preserve it – but you know me, that’s just too much work! Check back and see what I decide to make using this tangy little sauce.
Plum BBQ Sauce Yields 3 cups
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, diced, about 1 1/2 cups
1 1/4 pounds plums, pitted and chopped
1 large tomato, peeled, seeded and diced, about 1 cup
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons ketchup
1/2 teaspoon salt
Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium high heat and add onion; cook until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, and simmer, uncovered, for about an hour. Puree using a stick blender and pour into a covered container to store in the refrigerator for up to 4 months. Variation: If you want a pure plum flavor, skip the tomato and ketchup, and add a little mustard and some ginger.