Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sweet with a Little Bit of Spice

Today was an absolutely gorgeous day for outside fun. It was also a great day for grilling.  I decided to take advantage of the weather (and the sale on mangoes at the grocery store) to whip up a BBQ sauce for some grilled chicken.

I love to make my own sauces for everything, when possible, and I've always wanted to try my hand at a sauce that features mangoes as the main ingredient.  Mangoes offer such a subtle, sweet flavor that just begs for creative uses.  The creative use for today was in the form of a spicy and sweet sauce that just screams summer.

Spicy Mango BBQ Sauce
  • 1 mango, chopped
  • 1 chipotle pepper (preferably in adobo sauce)
  • 2 ½ TB brown sugar
  • 1 ½ TB cider vinegar
  • ½ TB white vinegar
  • ½ TB oil
  • 2 tsp honey
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground cumin

1. Pulse mango and chipotle pepper in food processor until smooth.  
2. Pour into saucepan and add remaining ingredients. 
3. Simmer over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes. 
4. Cool to room temperature. Can be used as a basting sauce for grilling chicken breasts, pork, or fish.

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