Quick Barbecue Sauce

This speedy sauce can be made in just 45 minutes.

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time30 mins
  • DifficultyEasy
2 tbsps vegetable oil, like soy, corn or groundnut
1/2 medium Spanish onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
Pinch of crushed red pepper
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 (800g) can whole, peeled tomatoes (with puree), pureed in a blender
240ml plus 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
200g firmly packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1) Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and crushed pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 45 seconds. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, about 1 minute more.

2) Add the tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, and salt and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until deep red in color and reduced to about 950ml, about 25 minutes. Season with pepper to taste. Use now, or store, covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

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