Sweet and Sour BBQ Sauce with Grapes

Sweet and Sour BBQ Sauce with Grapes | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

So I found the kitchen, but only to make a sauce, and only because I needed to find a use for the grapes I bought last week and neglected. I can never win; I either buy way too much fruit, or not nearly enough. We successfully annihilated the bananas this past week though, so I call that a small step in the right direction. They are usually the last things left, and then I am forced to decide whether or not to bake something with them or sneak them out in the garbage. I’m not sure why I feel that I need to hide the fact that I’m tossing them out. B.O.B. Bob could care less, in fact, I think he really doesn’t even like bananas that much. Perhaps it’s the cold hard stare of his mother looking over my shoulder from heaven, gasping at the waste that goes on in our household, that has me hiding the rotten or past-due produce in the bottom of the trashcan.

There was no waste allowed in the Matthews family on the part of Beanie, B.O.B. Bob’s mother. That may sound like a harsh statement, almost as if I’m talking bad about the dead, but it’s not like that all. She had such a humorous way of getting the last enjoyment out of even the smallest piece of food. I would almost say that I would give anything to see her squeeze lemon into her iced tea again, but I still have the pleasure of watching Linda, B.O.B. Bob’s youngest sister, carry on the tradition. So when and if you make this barbecue sauce, remember not to toss out the grapes. They still have a lot of flavor left in them, so why dispose of them? Instead, why not consider them as a little extra added treat. Beanie would approve.

Sweet and Sour BBQ Sauce with Grapes | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Red Seedless Grapes
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Turmeric
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Bay Leaves

Sweet and Sour BBQ Sauce with Grapes | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients together in a non-stick heavy saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Continue to boil the mixture, stirring frequently, until the sauce begins to thicken. This may take anywhere between 20 and 30 minutes.
  3. Remove and discard the bay leaves.

Sweet and Sour BBQ Sauce with Grapes | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Suggestions:

  • Strain the entire mixture, squeezing the juice out of the grapes, if you prefer a smooth barbecue sauce. Place the entire mixture in a food processor if you would like to try a sauce with a small amount of texture. Serve the sauce with the grapes still in it for a unique experience that will give your friends and family something to talk about.
  • This barbecue sauce stains. Trust me on this one. Be careful when handling the sauce, as well as when you are washing the dishes used to make it. My best advice is to wear black.
  • Use this as a dipping sauce for chicken tenders or nuggets.
  • Drizzle a fresh garden salad with a little bit of the barbecue sauce, and top with some of the reserved grapes.

Sweet and Sour BBQ Sauce with Grapes | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Improvements:

  • A little bit of cayenne pepper would not be out of place in this barbecue sauce.
  • Add 1/2-teaspoon dried minced onions.

Sweet and Sour BBQ Sauce with Grapes | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Sweet and Sour BBQ Sauce with Grapes

Sweet and Sour BBQ Sauce with Grapes

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Red Seedless Grapes
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Turmeric
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Bay Leaves

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients together in a non-stick heavy saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Continue to boil the mixture, stirring frequently, until the sauce begins to thicken. This may take anywhere between 20 and 30 minutes.
  3. Remove and discard the bay leaves.
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  • I always, always, always waste grapes after I buy them. I don’t understand it. I love them, but grabbing them out of the refrigerator and eating them must take a lot of will power. This is a very interesting recipe. I can’t quite wrap my head around it, but that is in a good way makes me curious enough to try this!

    P.S. My maiden name is Matthews 🙂

    • How cool that you’re a Matthews. They don’t have a lot of family in the area. Most of there extended family are cousins who are old enough to be their parents. These grapes were amazing on last night’s salad…I mean AMAZING! It was nice to have something new to throw on top of our lettuce. I feel like that’s never-ending as well. I also need to remember to only plant the lettuces I like next year, so I’m not stuck eating very bitter varities. I’m hoping I’ll have enough sauce left ot actually bake some BBQ chicken sometime this week.

      • My Matthews’ are down in NC mostly.
        That sounds great!

  • The sauce sounds good. A suggestion for the bananas — mash them up and freeze them. You never know when you might want to make banana bread or a smoothie. Smoothies…..

    • Great suggestion. I’d be eating an awful lot of banana bread! Maybe I could come up with some sort of banana pudding ice cream.

  • Actually you can make all kinds of ice cream from frozen bananas. I have recipes for banana ice cream and the regular stuff in an ebook called Frozen Fun.

  • vol1ballbabe

    Thanks for giving me a good cry at 11:15 AM Miss Colleen Delawder Matthews! As I read your words, I could see my mom strangling a lemon for her ice tea and making sure every mini lemon sack was crushed, of course, making that scrunched up, “I’m going to get you” face as she did it. Oh man how I miss her! There was no waste in the Matthews household at all, in fact, if you threw something out you shouldn’t have then it may be on your dinner plate the next day straight from the garbage! Lol. My kids are such great eaters as a result of my “Beanie training”. Thanks for keeping her memory alive! I’m trying to get better with getting rid of the grapes shortly after I buy them. They look so good in the stores but bringing them home, they tend to sit.

    • You’re helping to carry on her own particular kind of crazy Linda! Although, I don’t think you use quite as much butter as her yet…room to grow!