Big Bang Barbecue Sauce
Makes about 2 quarts
Tastes great with ribs, pork and beef roasts, chicken wings, French fries, rotisserie chicken, hamburgers, etc.
¼ cup (½ stick) margarine
¼ cup vegetable oil
5 tablespoons Chef Paul Prudhomme's Barbeque Magic OR
5 cups chopped onions, in all
2 cups chopped celery, in all
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cups crushed canned tomatoes
1 cup canned tomato purée
2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
1¼ cups packed dark brown sugar, in all
1 tablespoon grated fresh lemon peel
½ unpeeled medium orange, cut into quarters
5 cups chicken stock, in all
4 bay leaves
½ cup cider vinegar
how to prepare
Melt the margarine with the oil in a heavy 12-inch skillet over high heat. When it sizzles, stir in 4 tablespoons of the Magic Seasoning Blend®. Cook, stirring constantly, until the Magic Seasoning Blend® starts to darken, about 1 minute. Add 3 cups of the onions and 1 cup of the celery, stir well, and cook for 2 minutes. Cover and cook for 3 minutes, then stir and scrape the pan bottom well. Cover and cook for another 3 minutes, then stir and scrape the pan bottom again. Cover and cook 3½ minutes more, then stir and scrape up all the brown bits. Cover again and cook for 3 minutes, then add the lemon juice and deglaze the pan. Scrape the sides and bottom of the pan to get up all the brown bits, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute.
Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato purée, garlic, ½ cup of the brown sugar, and the lemon peel. Cook for 2 minutes, then add the orange quarters and the remaining Magic Seasoning Blend®. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes more. Add 2 cups of the stock, the remaining onions and celery, and the bay leaves. Stir well and cook, stirring occasionally, for 7 minutes. Stir in 1 cup more stock and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Stir in 1 cup more stock, the remaining brown sugar and the vinegar. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 40 minutes. Stir in the remaining stock and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens somewhat and the flavors blend, about 45 minutes.
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