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Figgy Barbecue Sauce

Brush this on chicken, pork, or steak when the meat is almost finished grilling; the sauce should caramelize but not burn. Serve more sauce at the table.

  • yield: Makes 1 1/2 cups
Photography: andrew parcell

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup dried Black Mission figs (4 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 2 teaspoons safflower oil
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 dried bay leaf

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Soak figs in 2 cups boiling water until soft, about 5 minutes; drain. Pulse with vinegar, tomato paste, and 1 teaspoon salt in a food processor, scraping down sides often, until pureed, about 3 1/2 minutes. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook garlic for 30 seconds. Pour in fig puree. Whisk in 1 cup room-temperature water and bay leaf. Reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Discard bay leaf. Refrigerate until ready to use (up to 2 months).

Source
Martha Stewart Living, June 2011