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All-African BBQ Sauce

05/14/2015 15:55

Can you believe Memorial Day is right around the corner? This national holiday was started as a way to honor the Union soldiers who had died during the American Civil War. It has since extended to a day of remembrance for all those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over the years it has also been used to mark the unofficial beginning of the summer season as families and friends traditionally gather together to cookout and enjoy each others company.

This year impress your family and friends by putting a little African twist to the American BBQ traditions with this tasty “Hakuna Matata All-African BBQ Sauce”! ("Hakuna Matata" means "No Problem!" in Swahili). So go ahead-- forget your problems and test out this recipe! 


- 1 cup cooking oil (can use olive) 

- 1 cup vinegar (use best, like wine, malt or cider vinegar) 

- 3/4 cup brown sugar 

- 3 teaspoons salt 

- 1/2 cup ketchup (tomato sauce, made from real tomatoes, not junk)

 - 1/2 cup chutney (a nice fruit chutney, not too sweet!)

 - 1 teaspoon curry powder (mild!)

 - 2 teaspoons black pepper, coarsely ground 

- 1 tablespoon coriander seed, crushed

 - 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground

 - 2 teaspoons mustard powder

 - 4 garlic cloves, chopped (or more if wanted) 

- 2 teaspoons ginger, ground

 - 2 teaspoons dried herbs (or a handful of fresh thyme)

 Yields 4 cups

 Directions 1. Put all ingredients in a processor. 2. Mix until thick and smooth. 3. Taste for seasoning. If too sweet to your taste, add a little more vinegar. 4. This sauce must stand at least 30 minutes before use so the flavors can blend. 5. Store in the refrigerator and shake or stir before use if it separates. Tips! Don't salt your meat before grilling; there is salt in this sauce. Baste meat with a brush as you grill it and when you turn it over. Sauce can also be used as a marinade for red meats. ENJOY!