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Backyard Barbecue Sauce

  • Backyard barbecue sauce gives great flavor to baked tofu and other entrees. Meredith Lee/For The HSUS

Makes about 5 cups

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
28 ounces crushed tomatoes
1/3 cup molasses
1/3 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
2 teaspoons liquid smoke

Preheat a saucepan over medium heat. Place the onions in the pan and sauté in oil until browned (about 7 minutes). Add the garlic and sauté for another minute.

Add all the other ingredients except the mustard and liquid smoke, and cook for 30 minutes to 1 hour, uncovered, stirring occasionally. (Lower the heat if the sauce begins to splatter.)

Add the mustard and liquid smoke and taste for sweetness/sourness. Adjust the flavors as necessary and cook for 5 more minutes.

Tip: If you like a smoother barbecue sauce, try puréeing it.

Recipe from Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. 


All figures are for the entire batch of sauce.

Calories: 760
Fat: 22.5 g
Carbs: 143 g
Fiber: 8.5 g
Protein: 7 g
Sodium: 1824 mg

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