It’s that time of year – playoff season. Truth be told, I’m always more about football food than the actual game, but Jason and our friends are way into it. Each season, we host friends for fantasy football, and playoff parties that lead to the Big Game.
This year however, Jason needs to study hard for the bar exam in February, so we’re only hosting one party this winter – hallelujah! A pair of other friends have volunteered to host the rest of these football shindigs, so all we need to do is show up, snack, and hang with our friends. And I suppose watch the actual game(s).
My biggest goal this year is to be kinder to myself; with my time, my eating/working out, trying to make everything perfect for everyone else. Telling my husband and friends, that I just could not fathom hosting all these parties was the first step in being kinder on myself. And to be honest, it shouldn’t all fall on me. It’s fun to host, but it’s also nice to just be in charge of one dish sometimes, too.
My contribution to our first homegate par-tay? This Strawberry Habanero BBQ Sauce! Winter strawberries are in season right now, and I knew I wanted to make a fruity, spicy BBQ sauce that everyone could use for whatever meats someone throws on the grill. I love this BBQ sauce brushed over ribs, personally <3
Have you ever made your own BBQ sauce? I love making homemade sauces like this! People always seem so impressed, but the truth is, it’s insanely easy, and also helps me control the ingredients in at least one cleaner dish that I bring to the party. To add a little bit of heat and extra flavor to this BBQ sauce, I make sure to add El Yucateco® Red Habanero Hot Sauce. Since this Red Habanero Hot Sauce is made with fresh red habanero peppers, and tomato, including it in my sauce, was a no brainer. El Yucateco® is giving entrants the chance to win one-of-a-kind tailgating and homegating packages and MORE! Enter below:
El Yucateco® Hot sauce adds an extra layer of flavor. To be honest, after making this recipe, Jason was snacking on tortilla chips with a bit of the El Yucateco® Hot sauce, and I could smell the habanero from across the kitchen. It was SO good. If you like extra heat in your sauces, you can absolutely swap for El Yucateco® XXX Habanero Hot Sauce, instead. If you’re a wimp like me, you could just bring an extra bottle for friends who seek the heat in a flavorful dish like this.
I smooth this sauce with an immersion blender, but if you don’t have one, a food processor will work just as well. I love making this a day or two ahead of time. The longer it sits, and chills, the more flavor this BBQ sauce has.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large sweet onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 cups fresh strawberries, halved
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
- ½ cup honey
- 2 tbsp El Yucateco® Red Habanero Hot Sauce
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp onion powder
- salt and pepper, to taste
- To a medium pan, heat olive oil. Add garlic and onion and cook until the onions are translucent, about 8-10 minutes.
- Add tomato sauce, strawberries, honey, soy sauce, spices, and El Yucateco® Red Habanero Hot Sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until sauce thickens slightly, about 20 minutes.
- Stir in the apple cider vinegar; and add salt and pepper to taste.
- Using an immersion blender, mix until all ingredients are smooth. You can also use a blender, or food processor.
Look for El Yucateco® Red Habanero Hot Sauce in the Hispanic or Latino aisle of your local Walmart: