Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Peach BBQ Sauce and our 1st Anniversary

one of my favorite shots from our wedding day

Your first wedding anniversary.

It's kind of a big deal, right?

Once you're passed that day, it's like you're no longer a newlywed.  Your married, somewhat seasoned at this thing called marriage.  At least that's how it seems. 

The Boy and I celebrated our first anniversary a couple weeks ago.  The really nice thing about it is that leading up to the day we kept getting messages and comments from friends and family, who were with us last year, about how much they wished they were back in Newport, RI. It really warmed my heart to hear that. We truly had an amazing time, but since so much of a wedding is for the guests it's nice to hear that they all had such a good time that they wanted to do it all over again.

It all made me nostalgic for the coast and lobster, our friends and family.  So as we planned our weekend and I thought about a gift for the Boy, I knew I wanted to do something that would commemorate the day. We had agreed to go the traditional route with gifts, using paper as our guideline. It was then that I remembered the prints I loved over at JHill Designs.  Her "Places I've Never Been" Collection is fabulous.  She also does all kinds of custom work too.  So I asked her to design a print that I felt really commemorated our day.

the print I had made for the Boy
Isn't it great?  Oysters are totally our thing and what we went out for on our very first date, which is why I picked the Wellfleet pattern for this print.  If you're interested in picking up a JHill print of your own keep on reading for a special for just for my readers!

Enough about anniversaries though, the BBQ sauce truly does deserve the spotlight.  It was super simple to make and so delicious on the cherrywood smoked ribs the Boy made on the first night of our anniversary weekend.  Cooking together is kind of our thing, so it only seemed right as part of our celebration that we cooked together.  The Boy manning the smoker and me developing this tasty sauce on the stove top.  

If you've never made your own BBQ sauce before I highly recommend doing it.  If you keep a few key components in your pantry & fridge, it's a simple thing to do and really takes your BBQ to the next level.  I started playing around with sauces as a way to use some of my homemade jams.  They add a sweet fruity flavor that I love in BBQ sauce and they clear up my canning shelves for brand new jams this season!

You can really taste the peach in this sauce but it's not too sweet and really works beautifully in the smoker on cherrywood smoked ribs.  I am looking forward to testing in out just straight on the grill sometime soon. 

print recipe

Peach BBQ Sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 small onion - chopped
  • 1 cup peach jam - I used homemade Peach Basil, but any peach jam will do
  • 1/3 cup dark rum
  • 1/3 cup chili sauce
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsps Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsps soy sauce
  • 2 tsps chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1-2 Tbsps olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
1. Heat oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Saute the onion and garlic until the onion is translucent and soft, being careful not to burn the garlic, about 5 minutes.2. Add in the remaining ingredients and simmer on low for 20 minutes. Using an immersion blender blend the sauce to your desired consistency. Brush on your favorite ribs or chicken.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 cups

Jennifer of JHill Designs was fabulous in turning around my print at super lightening speed, since I was a bit late in ordering and I couldn't have been happier with how it turned out.  from her custom to work to some of the standard prints, I love her work and as a special offer to my readers she is offering 15% off until August 14 buy using the promo code yummy15.  I highly recommend you head on over there and check it out, I may pick up a couple things for myself!

Oh yeah and in case you were wondering, the Boy got me the most amazing gift ever, a first edition of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's the book that my favorite movie is based on!  Probably the best paper themed gift I could have ever imagined!  

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