How to Make Barbecue Sauce with Figs

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Fig Barbecue Sauce is easy, so delicious and perfect for anything you’re grilling or smoking.  Once you know how to make barbecue sauce with figs, it will become your new summer condiment. Plus, there’s a satisfaction in DIY, so learn how to make BBQ sauce from scratch. It’s got the sweetness of California Dried Figs, the depth of balsamic vinegar with a touch of smoke from chipotle peppers!  Best of all, it comes together easily with simple pantry ingredients!

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Memphis BBQ Sauce with a California Twist

The Memphis area, which is where I live, is famous for its barbecue goodness!  Folks here love to make their own barbecue sauce which is why I’m excited to share how to make barbecue sauce with figs with you!

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So Many Ways to Enjoy California Dried Figs

California Dried Figs are super-versatile!  They’re perfect for snacking but there are numerous ways to use them!

  • For breakfast with oatmeal, smoothie bowls or as a yogurt topping
  • In baking for breads, muffins and desserts
  • In baking, pureed figs can replace fat in baked goods
  • As an elegant addition to charcuterie platters and cheese trays
  • In salads
  • In entrees
  • On sandwiches and pizza
  • Or use them to make a relaxing adult beverage at the end of a busy day.
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How to Use Fig Barbecue Sauce

There’s something extra special about a homemade condiment though. When you know how to make BBQ sauce from scrtach, you’ll want to keep a bottle ready to go in the fridge as an elevated add-on for anything you might want to grill or smoke. This sauce is especially good on the following:

  • Chicken
  • Pork
  • Lamb
  • Tofu
  • Burgers
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How to Make Fig Barbecue Sauce

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  • Start by rehydrating the dried figs in 2 cups boiling water. Let that stand for 15 minutes or so.
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  • Drain the water from the figs but SAVE IT! You don’t want to waste any of that fig deliciousness!
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  • In a large saucepan, cook onion and garlic until softened.
  • Add the remaining ingredients including the soaking water and let it simmer away until all the ingredients are melty soft.
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  • Then puree in a food processor, blender or with an immersion blender.

So easy and so delicious!

Why buy when you learn how to make BBQ sauce from scratch? Great on pork, beef, chicken or tofu, get in on how to make barbecue sauce with dried figs.

How to Make Barbecue Sauce with Figs

Why buy when you learn how to make BBQ sauce from scratch? Great on pork, beef, chicken or tofu, get in on how to make barbecue sauce with dried figs.
Why buy when you learn how to make BBQ sauce from scratch? Great on pork, beef, chicken or tofu, get in on how to make barbecue sauce with dried figs.
Nutrition

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 small onion , finely chopped (3/4 cup)
  • 4 cloves garlic , chopped
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt , or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper , to taste

Instructions

  • Place figs in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let stand 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat canola oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, reduce heat to medium-low and cook 5-6 minutes or until beginning to soften, stirring often.
  • Add the garlic and cook 1 minute.
  • Drain the water the figs were soaking in into the saucepan. Let the figs cool a little more to the touch.
  • Add the balsamic vinegar, tomato paste, dark brown sugar, Worcestershire and chipotle powder to the saucepan.
  • Remove the stems from the figs (if any) and coarsely tear them up by hand into the sauce, removing the seeds if desired.
  • Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
  • Add the salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
  • Puree with an immersion blender until smooth or transfer to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
  • Use immediately as desired or store in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Notes

Recipe & photos by Carol Borchardt

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