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Peach Habanero Barbecue Sauce
Peach Habanero Barbecue Sauce is my latest homemade sauce, and oh my, it is delicious!
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My sauce was hot! But in the best way possible. I know this peach habanero barbecue sauce is one that I’ll be making for years to come.
One of my favorite local restaurants specializes in chicken wings, with some wonderful sauces to go with it. These aren’t your average barbecue or ranch sauces, these are chef-driven flavorful sauces that take some time and effort to develop. That is what inspired me to look at ways to develop my own sauces.
The second inspiration for this sauce was my tattoo artist. He had suggested that I create a “sauce of the month” because so many times a great meal is pulled together by a sauce. This made me challenge myself to create at least one new sauce every month.
This month it is this peach habanero barbecue sauce.
Habanero Pepper Flavor Profile
Habaneros are definitely hot! But they’re also sweet and floral in taste as well. That fruity floral taste and smell lends itself beautifully to being paired with other fruit flavors like apricot, mango, and peaches.
Habaneros are easily one of my favorite peppers because of that fruity flavor they have. They may be hot, but they also just taste really good. I never make salsa at home without them!
If you’ve ever watched a cooking show, it seems like barbecue sauces are one of the most complicated things to make, with 75 different ingredients, half of which the average person has never heard of. It’s always looked like a daunting task, even for me.
But this one has just 8 ingredients that are easy to find in the grocery store, and I use them often anyway in my cooking. I think simple food is the best food because it lets the ingredients shine. Why cover up amazing ingredients by making it complicated? This peach habanero barbecue sauce is so simple and delicious.
Peach Habanero Barbecue Sauce Ingredients
Onion, 1 medium sweet, chopped
Garlic, 2 cloves, minced
Ginger Paste, 1 tablespoon
Habaneros, 4, finely chopped with seeds
Ketchup, 1 ½ cups
Peaches, 2 large, peeled and chopped
Peach Preserves, ½ cup
Apple Cider Vinegar, 2 tablespoons
Peach Habanero Barbecue Sauce Instructions
Dice, prepare, and measure all of the necessary ingredients first! This can be the most time consuming portion of this recipe, especially when it comes to peeling the peaches. The more organized you are when you start, the better results you’ll have.
Heat the oil in a saute pan on a medium to medium-high heat, and saute the onions for about 5 minutes. They should be soft and translucent at this point.
Add in the ginger, garlic, and habanero peppers. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly until they become fragrant. This is the point where you need a window open! You’ll know when the peppers become fragrant, trust me.
Add in the ketchup, peaches, and preserves. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for about 45 minutes, and stir it occasionally.
Remove from the heat and stir in the vinegar.
Puree the sauce in a blender, or use an immersion blender and then strain the liquid to remove any seeds and remaining chunks. Putting it through the strainer will give it a much smoother consistency and texture versus just blending it.
Peach Habanero Barbecue Sauce Notes
I plan to use this as another sauce option similar to my hot honey chicken the next time I am craving fried chicken.
When you make this, open a window! It is essential to make it in a well-ventilated kitchen. Once the habaneros start cooking, you will be grateful the window is open.
You can choose your own level of spiciness. I used four peppers in my recipe, and it definitely had a kick to it, and I included the seeds when I cooked it. If you want it mild, use less peppers (start with 2) and take out the seeds.
Should You Eat Habaneros?
Habanero peppers have been shown to lower bad cholesterol and reduce high blood pressure. Tasty and healthy? Sign me up!
On the flip side of that, they can and will aggravate pre-existing stomach or digestive conditions. If you suffer from any of these, please be careful.
Have you ever tried making your own peach habanero barbecue sauce? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! Check out some of my other sauce recipes here.
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