I have a very soft spot in my heart for BBQ sauce. My fascination with it began in my vegetarian days. The smell of can make any animal loving or religiously motivated vegetarian salivate. The smokey aroma carried by vinegar and spices is undeniably resistible. And I’m simply talking about the marinades itself. The meat is an added bonus but speaking from my infatuation with it from my “pre-corputed” days, as my husband calls it, I struggled to find things that would provide enough substance to support the boldness BBQ sauces have. My mother was so foreign to BBQ sauce at the time that we never had any in the house growing up. I don’t care what you say, lathering bbq sauce on broccoli or veggies doesn’t work!
I spent the last few months in culinary school really pushing my boundaries on different flavor combinations and spices to make a variety of BBQ sauces, trying to keep in mind how I could make this condiment even more appealing to a vegetarian. I really wanted to share my love for the sauce I created with my family in a way that they could enjoy the sauce with guilty pleasures just like us meat eaters do. I remember growing up and reading the flavors on the BBQ sauce bottles at the grocery store and never knowing what to have it with. It actually made me sad.
Now with years of extensive food blog scrolling, food network watching, and instagram trolling under my belt, I’ve come to realize the most simplest comfort foods I had growing up as a vegetarian were the best ones to use with this BBQ sauce. To be completely honest, I’ve made several of these dishes with meat for my husband and his favorite is actually the Santa Fe BBQ Nachos. In fact, the last time I made those nachos with chicken he requested that next time I make them vegetarian instead. Merely loading up the nachos with corn, jalepenos, beans, cheese, green onions, red onions, tomatoes, and drizzles of ranch did the trick. Same goes for BBQ chicken pizza. I quiet enjoy BBQ sauce and complimenting toppings on a pizza and don’t miss the meat at all: red onions, caramelized onions, jalepenos, pineapple, and cheese. Oh and my ultimate favorite, a black bean burger with fried onion rings, slice of grilled pineapple, a drizzle of BBQ sauce, and a mound of sweet potato fries makes me want to grab a large sweet tea and lemon and kick back on a Sunday night.
While I intend on sharing the different meat options I’ve made with this homemade BBQ, I just wanted to make a special shout out to all my vegetarians out there to let you know that this too is worthy of a spot in your fridge. This perfect pint size recipe is super quick and effortless. Besides, summer isn’t over so show those meat lovers that vegetarians can kick back with BBQ just as hard!