A good barbecue sauce makes becoming plant-based an easier endeavor. You can prepare a wide variety of dishes with this sauce that make you forget you aren’t eating meat. Added to veggie burger ingredients, it gives them a sweet and savory flavor with a hint of heat. This sauce is an indispensable ingredient in BBQ Jackfruit aka Vegan Pulled Pork. (See Instant Pot Vegan Pulled Pork.) It can also serve as a tangy spread for veggie burgers. Slather on vegetables and cook on a grill, or sear under a broiler flame. Do the same with Tofu, Tempe or Seitan, in strips or cutlets. They can then be enjoyed as a side or as the main ingredient of a vegetarian sandwich with oven fries and green vegetables on the side.
This recipe makes a large batch, suitable for an outdoor party. You may reduce the recipe in half if you prefer less. It freezes very well so I find it useful to save it in one or two cup Pyrex containers in my freezer so I can have it whenever I want to make a quick meal of pulled pork sandwiches or barbecued tofu. It is also excellent as a dip for oven fries. We love it so much, we use it up quickly, even though there are just the two of us in our household.
Whenever possible, I buy organic ingredients. In this recipe it is especially important as conventionally grown peppers may be extremely toxic, likely having been heavily treated with pesticides. This applies particularly to hot peppers, which can be even more toxic than bell peppers. We tend to overlook this in seasonings, but there is no reason to believe that non-organic cayenne and chili powders are any less toxic just because they have been dried and ground into a powder. Always buy organic when purchasing any variety of pepper. Organic brown sugar is available in most grocery stores and easy to find. Organic molasses can be found at most large health food stores. I’ve not found a source for organic cocoa.
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If you use a lot of chili powder, it is much cheaper to buy in bulk. I purchase several bags of this each year. Frontier is a reliable brand for flavorful organic spices.
Simply Organic is a brand I trust to provide reliable organic spices in small quantities. I use so much chili powder in my recipes; I usually buy this product in larger bulk quantities. If you are not a fan of chili powder, it makes more sense to use the smaller size.
Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is a useful product to have on hand at all times. You can likely find this for a few dollars cheaper at your local grocer. I include this link for your convenience.
Boyajian Orange Oil is a very useful pantry item to have on hand as a substitute for orange zest. When using this oil remember that a little goes a very long way. I sometimes use it in my Homemade Barbecue Sauce recipe when I don't feel like running to the store for just an orange. In that recipe ONE DROP is plenty. Two drops will overwhelm the dish. I kid you not, I bought glass eye droppers to measure out my orange, lemon and lime oils. They are lovely to use but extremely powerful. Use with caution!!
Wholesome Organic Molasses is the best brand of molasses I have found, plus it is organic!
Ceylon Cinnamon is the most desirable cinnamon for cooking because it isn't liver toxic as cassia cinnamon can be. Frontier offers it in bulk, organically grown, which is a better price than buying in smaller bottles. Of course, if you only use cinnamon occasionally, it makes sense to buy the lesser quantity.
For a smaller quantity of Ceylon cinnamon, Simply Organic is a reliable brand for herbs and spices. Ceylon cinnamon is the preferred cinnamon for cooking because it is less toxic than its cassia cousin.
Unless you are operating a commercial kitchen, it is unlikely you will ever need a bulk quantity of ground cloves. It is a strong spice and a little goes a long way. This small jar will last you a long time.
I use so much granulated garlic in my cooking, I use up a small jar nearly every month in addition to the fresh garlic I add to most dishes. I don't think you can get enough of this healthy spice! I have taken to purchasing several of the one-pound bags each year. Frontier is a brand I trust for organic spices with excellent flavor.
For smaller quantities of granulated garlic, you can't go wrong with Simply Organic spices.
I use these bamboo spatulas for nearly all my stirring needs. They are environmentally friendly, light weight, non-toxic, and gentle on my pans. I’ve been using them for years and have never had one wear out. They also don’t ding up the edges of my pots and pans when I tap them on the rims to remove sauce, batter, or other foodstuffs. While I sometimes also use wooden spoons, I particularly like this product, especially its shape which is very useful for scraping around a pan. Unlike wood, it is also slightly flexible.