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Grownup Mustard Sauce Recipe


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In South Carolina BBQ sauces feature mustard. Here's a recipe that amps up the flavor with herbs. This sauce is fine for ribs but it is especially good on pulled pork, pork chops, baked potatoes, pretzels, hot dogs, and so much more. Click here to calculate how much sauce you need and for tips on saucing strategies.

Course:
Sauces and Condiments
Cuisine:
American

Makes:

About 2 cups/473 ml
Servings: 16 2-tablespoon servings

Takes:

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup onions finely minced
  • 3 tablespoons sweet red pepper finely minced
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoons ground celery seed (not celery salt)
  • 1 teaspoons finely ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoons hot pepper flakes or mild hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
  • ½ teaspoon whole dried rosemary leaves crushed in a mortar and pestle
  • 1 cup prepared Dijon-style mustard
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon powdered mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules or 1 cube dissolved in 1 ounce/29.6 ml of water
Notes:
About the hot pepper flakes. Double the amount for medium heat, and triple it for hot.
Optional. Garnish with minced fresh sweet red bell peppers or, if you like the heat, minced red jalapeño. In the picture above the ribs are also garnished with caramelized onions.
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Method

  • Prep. Mince the onions and peppers, and crush the garlic.
  • Fire up. Put the oil into a quart/.9 liter sauce pan, and warm it on medium-low heat.
  • Cook. Add the onion and sweet red peppers and sweat them until the onions are limp, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook it for about a minute.
  • Add the dry ingredients except the brown sugar. Cook, stirring, for about 3 minutes in order to develop and extract their flavors.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Bring to a low boil for 3 minutes, stirring frequently to keep the sugar from burning or sticking to the bottom. Simmer on low for another 15 minutes.
  • Serve. Serve as you would any barbecue sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 226mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 118IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg