*Updated April 23, 2015
I’m all about making my own condiments.
I’m not all about making my own condiments all the time. I just don’t have time for that.
Sometimes, it’s just nice to have something with a little more personality! There are tons of great ketchups and barbecue sauces out there, but sometimes I like to spice things up a bit.
Often I’ll make my own sauce when I make pulled pork in the slow cooker, because I have pretty much zero other prep. The same goes with burgers. They are so simple, and I rarely even make a side dish, so it’s nice to be able to spice things up with homemade barbecue sauce.
I feel like this is kind of a new obsession of mine. I think it has a lot to do with how easy it is.
Meat and sauce. Maybe a jar of pickles. Some iced tea. The perfect summer meal!
So this time I wanted to try something with pineapple. I am also a big fan of sweet on meat. That kind of has a ring to it, doesn’t it?
I love all things sweet and sour.
Maple, apple, pineapple, cranberry, brown sugar, tomato, apricot, honey, saskatoons — I love it all in my dinner.
I’m actually a little embarrassed about my sugar consumption at this point. I feel like a normal person should be able to make dinner without adding fruit or sugar or fruit and sugar.
Apparently, I am not.
But this sauce.
So I added a bunch of random stuff to a pot and simmered it with my pineapple juice. It is so good. It’s sweet and tangy with just a hint of spice. It pairs perfectly with pulled pork, but it would also be fantastic on chicken or beef!
- 200ml pineapple juice (1 regular-sized juice box)
- ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
- ½ tsp garlic
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- ¾ cup ketchup
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes (or more if you like it spicy!)
- ½ tsp onion powder
- 1 pinch salt (to taste)
- 1-2 tbsp corn starch
- 1-2 tbsp water
- Add all ingredients except for corn starch and water to a medium pot.
- Bring to a boil and reduce to medium-low, simmering for 10-15 minutes until flavours come together.
- Mix equal parts corn starch and water. Slowly add to the sauce and stir, until you reach your desired consistency.
- Serve with pork, chicken or beef.