This is a wonderful semi-sweet honey apple bacon bbq sauce that is ideal to finish a slow roasted pork or lamb shoulder. It also goes well with grilled chicken nibbles.
Many bbq sauces are full of sugar and to me, over sweet. With the yummy fats released with a lamb or pork shoulder these fats combine with the sauce to give a tangy mild sweet finish.
The sauce is also great with sweet, soft cheeses.
1/3 cup semi-sweet honey 1 gala apple (cored and cubed) 1 granny smith apple (cored and cubed) 1/2 large red onion (1/4 inch chop) 125g thick-cut bacon (chopped and cooked) 6 garlic cloves (diced) 2 cups tomato sauce 1/4 cup tomato paste 1/3 cup (80ml) cider vinegar 1/4 cup (60ml) Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 tablespoon salt ½ tsp sumac (use 1 tsp for flavour) I use Mrs Rogers in NZ 1 tsp horopito (recommend Rhayne Horopito) 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1-2 cups apple juice
In a large pot add the wet ingredients with the bacon, apples, pepper and onion. Cook on med-low heat for 30-40 mins, until the apples and onions have become soft. Add the sumac and Horopito if using and cook for another 10 minutes.
In a blender wiz, the sauce to make it smooth and return to the pot. Add 1-2 cups of apple juice to make the sauce thinner (to your liking) and cook at a simmer for 10 minutes.
Bottle while hot into warm bottles or jars and seal tight. Once opened store in the fridge for up to 1 month.