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.

Watch this video to cook this on your stovetop:
Watch this video if you have an Instant Pot:
The Best Barbecue Sauce In The World on Your Stovetop or in Your Instant Pot
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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.
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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.
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5 1/2cups
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5 1/2cups
Ingredients
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Instructions
Stovetop:
  1. Sauté all fresh vegetables until soft and translucent. Set aside and allow to cool.
  2. Combine spices and cocoa powder in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large carafe of a high-powered blender like a Vitamix, or in several batches in a traditional blender, blend tomatoes, tomato paste, vinegar, brown sugar and molasses until smooth. Add sautéed vegetables and spice mixture, and blend until it reaches a consistency you like. I like mine smooth, you may prefer more texture.
  4. Return to sauté pan. Cover and cook on medium-low to medium heat for 15 minutes.
Instant Pot:
  1. Sauté all fresh vegetables in your Instant Pot until soft and translucent. Set aside and allow to cool.
  2. Combine spices and cocoa powder in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large carafe of a high-powered blender like a Vitamix, or in several batches in a traditional blender, blend tomatoes, tomato paste, vinegar, brown sugar and molasses until smooth. Add sautéed vegetables and spice mixture, and blend until it reaches a consistency you like. I like mine smooth, you may prefer more texture.
  4. Return to Instant Pot. Set on Manual, High, O Minutes. Release pressure with Instant Release.
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Organic Chili Powder, 1 lb

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. 

 

Organic Chili Powder

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

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 Pure Orange Oil

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!!

 

1oz Glass Bottles with Glass Eye Dropper, 6 pk
Eye droppers are useful for adding orange, lemon, and lime oils to your dishes. It is important to control the amount of these powerful oils you add to a dish. One drop too many can overwhelm and ruin a meal. An eye dropper takes away the guesswork and risk of using these lovely oils.

Unsulphured Organic Molasses

 

Wholesome Organic Molasses is the best brand of molasses I have found, plus it is organic!

Frontier Herb Organic Ground Turmeric Root, 1 lb

I use so much turmeric in my cooking, I buy it by the pound several times a year. This is a good organic product. Turmeric has so many wonderful healthful properties I try to use it every day. I even make a delicious hot turmeric drink. I call it my anti-inflammation drink. I even feed it to my elderly dog to ease her hip pain. Be sure to add a little black pepper when using turmeric. It increases its bioavailability 2,000%!

Simply Organic Cayenne Pepper Certified Organic, 2.89-Ounce

It is particularly important to buy only peppers that are organically grown. Many peppers, especially hot peppers, not only are high in pesticide residues but they are also sprayed with a neurotoxin (according to the Environmental Working Group) that can be especially toxic. You may not use enough cayenne pepper to justify buying it in bulk, but I'm including a bulk size (which is always more economical) for those who like a lot of spice.

Frontier Organic Ceylon Cinnamon, 1 lb

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.

Simply Organic Ceylon Cinnamon

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.

 

Simply Organic Ground Cloves

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.

 

Frontier Organic Granulated Garlic

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.

 

Simply Organic Granulated Garlic

For smaller quantities of granulated garlic, you can't go wrong with Simply Organic spices.

 


Vitamix 5200 Blender

 

I don't know how I ever lived without a Vitamix. The Vitamix is an excellent product that lasts a very long time. I have had mine for nine years with no serious issues. It comes with an outstanding warranty, and Vitamix stands by it. It is expensive but worth it. It is the most useful item in my kitchen. I use it nearly every day and usually multiple times a day. A Vitamix is an almost indispensable item in a plant-based kitchen. It is multi-functional as a food-processor and blender in one,  and it makes it possible to make creamy cheeses from nuts which are virtually impossible with a regular blender or a food processor, as well as sauces, soups, ice creams, and much more. The machine listed is the exact Vitamix I own though there are newer models available. It’s a good idea to use ear plugs when using high-powered kitchen appliances like a blender or a grain mill. Your ears will thank you in the long run.

I always use earplugs when working with loud electrical appliances. This is a great, inexpensive, reusable set that has a box to store them in as well as replacements for when you wear yours out. They last a very long time and are washable. Rich and I keep a pair for each of us in the fold-out drawer below our sink so they are always handy.

This is a good basic set that will serve most of your needs.

This is an extra piece of All-Clad I have found very useful. It is not a part of a set.

I finally broke down after nearly 30 years of marriage and bought a nice set of All-Clad. I can’t believe it took me that long to appreciate the pleasure of preparing food with high-quality cookware. I wish I had done it 30 years ago. Mine is Five-Ply (called D-5) and I chose to purchase only the pieces I knew I would use. My sister has the Tri-Ply and she is perfectly happy with hers, which she bought as a large set. There are several pieces in her set she has never used. I probably paid more for mine as single items, but I have what I need and nothing cluttering up my cabinets. There is no reason you can’t make delicious meals with less expensive products. But once you decide to upgrade, All-Clad is the way to go in my opinion. (I would never dream of putting my All-Clad in a dishwasher.) If taken care of, these will last you a lifetime and will significantly add to the pleasure of your culinary experiences. I've added an extra piece below the set that I have found to be very useful. It is not part of a set and must be ordered separately.

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.

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