Sunday, July 24, 2011

Chunky Peach BBQ Sauce



Early this spring I received reports of Dad's much loved peach tree teeming with blossoms.  Weeks later had little baby fruits growing, and today we have ripe, rosy peaches!!!  Moving into his home a few years ago he was thrilled when the neighbors gushed about the abundance of peaches his tree provided to the neighborhood, and they were so right.  Today, not only does Dad provide peaches to his neighbors, but me and mine as well.

Knowing that the tree was doing its job, I did my own job in preparation of the harvest and gleaned every recipe I could during my blog travels.  While the last few days have had us enjoying the rosy fruits my favorite way, simply sliced and eaten out of hand, today some of the little gems were in danger of becoming overripe and the request from my son for another Pork Tenderloin sent me to one of my favorite recipes - Peach BBQ Sauce.

Sweet yet tart with just a hint of spice (unless you want more) Peach BBQ Sauce works wonderfully with the pork.  Originally from Epicurious, I've adapted the versatile recipe to suit our tastes;  on occasion we have a vegetarian version while others call for the flavors of the full bacon enhanced version.  My personal preference for a chunky sauce has me omitting the straining direction, but I can imagine that the strained sauce would be stunning!  Either way the sauce is a true treat and has summer flying full speed ahead.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Chunky Peach BBQ Sauce


Peach BBQ Sauce

4 ounces bacon slices, chopped (optional, leave out for vegetarian version)
1 chipotle chile from can, diced (more for a spicier sauce)
1 cup coarsely chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tablespoon whole black peppercorns, crushed
2 small peaches (10 to 12 ounces total), halved, pitted, diced
3/4 cup orange juice
1 cup ketchup
1 1/2 tablespoons (or more) fresh lemon juice (we use Apple Cider Vinegar on occasion)
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (optional)

Sauté chopped bacon and chipotle pepper in heavy large saucepan over medium heat until bacon is crisp. (If not using bacon, simply add the chile to the onions)  Add chopped onion and garlic cloves; sauté until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add Worcestershire sauce and crushed peppercorns; stir 1 minute. Add peaches and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add orange juice, ketchup, 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice, and hot pepper sauce. Simmer until sauce thickens enough to coat spoon thickly, stirring sauce often, about 30 minutes. 
 
Strain sauce into medium bowl, pressing enough liquid and solids through strainer to yield 2 cups sauce; discard solids in strainer.  Alternatively, leave sauce chunky (I prefer chunky!).  Season sauce to taste with salt and more lemon juice, if desired. (Can be made 1 week ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

30 comments:

  1. Ohh I wish I have peach tree..how amazing that would be, since I love peaches! Great recipe for BBQ Sauce, never had with peaches before, I think I never had with any fruit! Thanks for sharing this Kim, and have a fantastic Monday!

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  2. That's so awesome of your dad, Kim! I miss my peach tree from when I lived in Garden Grove. We had a peach tree, guava tree, plum tree, and many other trees. Sadness :-( This weekend I made stone fruit turnovers! You should totally make some! I cooked down nectarines and peaches (sans skins) in sugar, cinnamon, and ground cloves and then added some cream cheese ;-) They were then stuffed into store-bought puffed pastry and baked to a poofy doneness!

    I love this BBQ sauce, though. What an accompaniment to any hearty meat! Hope you and your family had a great weekend!

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  3. I can only imagine how wonderful it must be to eat a peach fresh from your dad's tree. I really want to make this sauce so I will have to resort to the Costco version of peaches - which are surprisingly good, I must say.

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  4. Oh, you are a lucky daughter!!! Peaches are my favorite fruit...and this BBQ sauce sounds amazing.

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  5. Oh man, I need a dad with a peach tree! The peaches are our grocery store are so sad looking...nothing like these glorious yummies! Great BBQ sauce too, just perfect for some pork tenderloin :)

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  6. Sounds good Kim, I like the look of your BBQ sauce on the plate, gorgeously full of peaches!

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  7. This sounds fabulous!! Great photos, I'd love some fresh peaches right now! :)

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  8. I just posted a peach BBQ sauce today too! Yours looks delicious!

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  9. Buzzed this recipe for Foodbuzz!! I love this idea, my parents just harvested their peach tree, so I'll definitley be snatching some peaches from them :)

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  10. You are so lucky!! This BBQ sauce looks amazing!

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  11. If it has bacon in it, the sauce has gotta be good! ;)

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  12. peaches are everywhere in the market and everywhere in the blog world too :) This sauce is in my wish list.. we are planning a barbeque party next weekend .. got to try this one !

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  13. I wish someone in my family had peaches growing in their yard! Has to be better than the rock hard fruit they sell at the grocery store. Great BBQ sauce!

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  14. Fresh peaches, right off the tree? I'm so jealous :) This bbq sauce looks like the perfect way to show them off!

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  15. What a gorgeous barbecue sauce! I love the flavors you incorporated into it - especially the bacon and chipotle!

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  16. That peach tree sounds amazing! I am so jealous of your dad :) Gorgeous flavors in this recipe, Kim! I would love this bbq sauce... Sounds like the perfect to use up such beautiful peaches...

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  17. I was sold at the title... then I saw the pictures. Definitely going to make this!

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  18. This sauce looks amazing, the chunky goodness (with bacon!!!). So lucky that your dad has a peach tree too. Now I got a craving for some peaches. =)

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  19. Fresh peaches out of a tree and a bbq sauce- both I haven't heard of before or experienced first hand.

    It looks great!!

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  20. Wow...the colors are just popping!! Even after the peaches have been cooked down like that. I would eat it by the spoon too!

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  21. This looks wonderful! I just made a passionfruit BBQ sauce... but I love that you have those lovely chunks in yours!

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  22. Oh. My. Goodness! I have no words. I will be checking my mother's peach tree tomorrow. 'Nuff said.

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  23. This sounds so good and absolutely perfect for a BBQ dinner!

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  24. We had a peach tree growing up (actually 3) and I miss it so much! I've been on a peach kick lately, and this looks like a delicious new direction to take the flavors! I love that you add chipotle too!

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  25. This sauce sounds amazing! I would put it on everything.

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  26. This looks and sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  27. OMG - I need to make this ASAP! It is on my list for the weekend!!!

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  28. This sauce sounds amazing! I'm very jealous of your dads peach tree!

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  29. Wow, this sounds fantastic. And from fresh peaches freshly picked from the tree? Even better!

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  30. Sounds and looks amazing. Must get my hands on some fresh peaches!

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