Sunday, October 14, 2012
Home made BBQ sauce and Miniburgers
400gr. of tomatoes ( fresh or tin )
3 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon Worchester sauce (Lea & Perrins)
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon paprika
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 or 2 tablespoon of mustard seed
essence of smoke enough
2 tablespoons of olive oil
salt and pepper
For the mini burgers:
500 gr. chopped beef
1 tablespoon of mustard
1 tablespoon of Worchester sauce
1 or 2 shallots
salt and pepper
1/2 kg of onions to caramelize
The "BBQ SAUCE" is the world's most famous American sauce along with the ketchup. Even and surprisingly if this last one has oriental origin! The bbq sauce is a classic sauce to grill, cook or accompany any meet for barbeque or bake, from ribs to burgers. The flavors that prevail are: sweet, sweet and sour, smoky and often spicy.
Browsing between cook's books and web pages, I noticed that everyone uses as a base the ketchup. From American cooks to Gordon Ramsay and even Ferran Adrià. To avoid industrial products, I opted to use directly the very basis of the ketchup, tomato. This is my version: Saute the chopped onion until caramelized. Then add the chopped garlic, brown sugar, molasses, Worchester sauce (Lea & Perrins), mustard, paprika and vinegar. After a minute follows the tomato and the smoky essence . Cook for about 30 min. over medium heat until withdraw most of the water from the tomato and thicken up. Blend everything with a robot and put it back a couple of minutes on the fire to remove the air incorporated during blending. Remove the air will bring the sauce to its original color removing that opaque effects. Also removing the air will extend the life of the sauce. Than more air, than more rapidly the process of fermentation and oxidation speeds up. I recommend this step for all cream of vegetable and meat sauces.
My burgers might be small, but well flavored!
Buy ground beef from your butcher and mix with the chopped shallots, mustard, Worchester sauce (Lea & Perrins), salt and pepper. Mix well, form little balls about 40 gr. and then mash them slightly. Cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side in a pan with oil or on the grill. Toast the bread only in the inside and serve to taste with tomato, lettuce, cheese and of course, this fantastic BBQ sauce! The sweet and sour cucumbers also go fine. But if you want to lighten the whole thing, add a bit of bacon and caramelized onions!!! Then if you really want to exagerate, fry some quail egg !!
With the following dosage I calculated 3 Miniburgers each for 4 people. For caramelized onions look at the previous post or click here .
I’m sorry about any mistakes I may have made, English is not my first Language