I have a bad habit… Whenever Bruce and I have guests at our home, I tend to put out too much food. Our guests always go home happy and with their bellies full but, dealing with party leftovers can be a pain. Just like what happened over the past weekend. We had a pound of leftover strawberries sitting in a bowl on the counter after our brunch and there’s only two of us living in the home. Ugh! I can’t believe I thought it and even worse, I can’t even believe that I said it out loud. I bought way too many strawberries…
I have learned over the years that sometimes you just need to get creative to use up the ingredients you have on hand. I personally like to use ingredients and flavor combinations in ways that most people would never think or even dream of. A great example is my sweet and tangy homemade Strawberry Barbecue Sauce with spicy ancho chili, sweet and sticky Indonesian soy sauce and my favorite soda, Dr Pepper. The flavor of my Strawberry Barbecue sauce is smoky, sweet and complex but on the other hand, it’s really easy to make.
Strawberry Barbecue Sauce
- 1 pound of strawberries (cleaned, hulled and quartered)
- 1 can Dr Pepper
- 1 cup tomato ketchup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup Indonesian soy sauce
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp liquid smoke
- 1 tsp seasoning salt
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp ancho chili powder (use more for a spicy kick)
- 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
- 1/2 tsp granulated onion
- 1/2 tsp black pepper or to taste
Add all ingredients to saucepan. Cook on medium low, stirring occasionally for about 45 minutes. Blend with hand blender to make the barbecue sauce smooth. Taste and correct your seasonings. Remove from heat and let cool. Makes about 3 cups. Any leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for about a week. Brush it on barbecue beef, chicken, or pork..
Now that the sauce is done… Let’s fire up the Q!
Strawberry Barbecue Chicken
- 6 pounds chicken (I like to use legs or thighs)
- 1 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
- 1 1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper (or to taste)
- 3 cups Strawberry Barbecue Sauce (or to taste)
Fire up your barbecue or grill pan. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Grill on medium high heat until juices run clear or about 15 minutes. Brush with sauce and cook a few minutes more… Serve chicken with sauce on the side. Makes about 12 servings. Enjoy! Tessa