I’ve been in Korea just over 8 months now, and for the most part I absolutely love it here. The weather is great, the natural beauty is stunning and it’s everywhere, and I’ve made some great friends. Whenever I do get homesick, it’s over one of two things: 1. My family and friends back home or 2. Grocery stores.
Although I’ve managed to find *almost* everything I miss food-wise from back home, often the rarer things are harder to find, more expensive, and often take more steps to make (ex. I’ve never wanted canned chickpeas so badly in all my years). BBQ sauce is available here, but it’s not the same as back home (I dig the President’s Choice Honey Garlic, you feel me?) and it costs about $7 a bottle. No thanks! Let’s make our own. It’ll be healthier and tastier anyways.
Vegan BBQ Sauce
Adapted from Oh She Glows
Makes about 2.5 cups
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 28oz can crushed or whole tomatoes
- salt, pepper, chili flakes to taste
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup white vinegar + 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp honey mustard
Sauté the onions over medium heat in a little olive oil for about ten minutes or until soft and translucent. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant (don’t burn!). Add in your tomatoes, honey and vinegar and cook uncovered, simmering, for about 30 minutes. Add in spices and mustard, taste, and season to your liking. Use an immersion blender to purée your sauce!
My sauce ended up tasting very vinegar-y, since I have a very strong white vinegar here. I added a few tbsps more of mustard and honey and a little bit of water to diminish the strong vinegar taste. I love how mine turned out! I’d recommend using this as a base recipe but adding in more or less of all the ingredients and water to get it to the taste and consistency you like. Good luck and have fun!