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Balsamic BBQ Sauce!

Balsamic BBQ Sauce!

BBQ sauce can be a very personal matter – we get this!  So when a great friend and chef sent me over her version to share I was a bit hesitant.  She’s Italian with deep roots in Italy and NY but is now living in Northern CA.  My point is  – she understands flavor.  This is a great sauce for anything and makes enough to have some to store in the fridge for a quick weeknight meal!  I have my favorite balsamic’s myself, but I tend to pick according to what I’m serving overall or simply with what whim strikes me at the time.  Try one of the following:  Traditional Dark Balsamic, Pure Maple Dark Balsamic, or Black Mission Fig Dark Balsamic as your balsamic of choice.  Enjoy it on grilled wings, ribs, chicken, burgers or on a BBQ grilled chicken pizza.

Balsamic BBQ Sauce …

This sauce is great on everything: chicken, ribs, burgers, tofu .... Try it and let us know your favorite use!


  • 2 tablespoons Cultivated Tree Baklouti Olive Oil, but your favorite EVOO, fused or infused is great too!
  • 1 small yellow/white onion, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (we carry a great Bourbon Barrel aged!)
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup a Cultivated Tree Dark Balsamic ... pick your favorite!
  • 2 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika - mild or spicey
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne - optional, for those who like a little heat
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt to taste


  1. Preheat a large saucepan over medium heat; add the olive oil and then onion - cook until soft, about 5 minutes
  2. Add the ketchup, Worcestershire, molasses, brown sugar, dark balsamic, mustard, granulated garlic, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, kosher salt, fresh ground pepper and stir to combine. Bring to a gentle boil; reduce heat to a low and simmer until slightly thickened - about 30 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Transfer sauce to a blender jar and blend until smooth. Let the sauce come to room temperature, transferring to a storage jar and store refrigerated for up to one month.