" I truly think it is best to be a robin lightly dressed concocting soup inside my nest" ~Maurice Sendak

Our Secret

Now that barbecue season is here the grocery store flyers are filled with ads for all the things related to grilling.
Barbecue sauce is one of those heavily advertised items.

Sure it is easy to stock up on various flavors, but have you ever considered making your own?
It really is easy and your own sauce won't be filled with preservatives, artificial flavors and colors.
You can have fun experimenting with different ingredients to create unique flavor combinations.
I created this sauce with the inspiration of the flavors of Jamaica and brushed it on beef as pictured here.
If you don't have an immersion blender you can transfer the cooled sauce to a blender and then reheat.

The best part is the flavor you create will be a one of a kind, so have fun making that special sauce that may just become a family secret recipe.


Island Sauce
  • ~olive oil
  • half a chopped onion
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce or ketchup (the latter will make it a bit tangier)
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp chili sauce
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup of rum
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper
In a sauce pan heat the oil and add the garlic and onion. Cook until softened. Add the remaining ingredients. Cook stirring for about 10 minutes. If you wish insert and immersion blender and blend until smooth. Brush on beef, chicken or pork and grill. Cheers!

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