Peach BBQ Sauce

I know I sound like a (very) broken record, but can you guys believe it's already almost July? Seriously, where has the time gone? And, could I please have it back?

Between busy days at work, studying for my nutrition certification, weddings, and bachelorettes, it's safe to say that my blog posts and recipes are few and far between. It's been a whirlwind couple of months, thats for sure. To all of you that read my blog, thanks for your patience - I promise I won't be as quiet in the near future.

Now that summer is in full swing, and with 4th of July just around the corner, I thought I'd jumpstart the season with the ultimate summer must-have: barbecue sauce. Nothing screams summer more than a hot grill and some sticky sweet barbecue, right? Throw in a glass of chilled preferred-beverage-of-choice, and you can find me in my perfect summer evening fantasy.

If only every night could be like that....

If you're anything like me, sugary-sweet sauces become harder and harder to eat as I get older. I've noticed that most bottled barbecue sauces are too sweet for my tastebuds, so I set out to create a low-sugar, homemade version. Sweetened with sweet summer peaches and a handful of dates, you can definitely feel good about adding this to your summer repertoire.

Ingredients:

2 large peaches, softer the better

2 large roma tomatoes

3-5 dates (depending on sweetness)

3 tbsp tomato paste

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp liquid smoke

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 onion powder

1/4 cayenne

Instructions:

1. In a large stock pot or dutch oven add the peaches and tomatoes and cook for 5-6 minutes over medium heat. Stir frequently, to avoid burning but you want a nice caramelization on them.

2. Add in the vinegar, and dates and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until soft.

3. If using an immersion blender, turn the heat to low and blend directly in the pot. If using a regular blender, transfer the contents of the pot to the blender and blend until smooth. Return to the pot.

4. Add in the remaining ingredients and bring to a low simmer; taste ad adjust salt or spice to preference. Continue to simmer for 15 or so minutes, or until sauce thickens and flavors meld.

Notes:

1. Due to lack of sugar, this BBQ sauce will not be sticky sweet like the ones you're used to! I find it best as a baster, after meats or veggies have been grilled. It's also great as a dip or used in dressings.

2. This should keep up to 2-3 weeks if stored in a air-tight jar (mason jar), but can also be frozen.

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