North Carolina Style Barbeque Sauce

Posted by    |  January 27, 2010  |  Filed under: Recipes

Adapted from U.S.A. Cookbook by Sheila Lukins

The spices do a sassy tango with smoke and sweetness and a feisty bit of vinegar in this barbeque sauce, which is perfect for Barbequed Pulled Pork. It hits every step so well- not too sweet, not too spicy, not too tomatoey.  Makes me wanna learn to rope a calf!

2 each 32-ounce cans Italian plum tomatoes, chopped with juices
½ cup unsulfured molasses
½ cup honey
¼ cup tomato paste
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped garlic
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 ½ teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
2 cups water
1 1/3 cups cider vinegar (or to taste)
Salt, to taste

Combine all ingredients in a large pot.  Bring to a boil, reduce to low heat and simmer, uncovered, until thickened to taste, approximately 1 ½ hours.  Remove bay leaves.  I often find that fishing for them with a set of chopsticks works well for this purpose.  Puree with an immersion blender (stick blender) or in batches in a traditional blender.

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