Homemade BBQ sauce and grilled cheese

“Nom…yum…sooo…nummy. mmmm…”

This was the extent of my words when we tried this recipe for Balsamic Honey Pulled Pork Sliders . Yes, the pork was tasty and the Hawaiian rolls and coleslaw were excellent additions. But the true star was the tart, sweet, tangy homemade sauce.

For the sauce:

1 cup balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup ketchup
1 can tomato paste
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch of red pepper flakes

The chef – which was not me, to be truthful – doubled the sauce for our 7 pounds of pork shoulder in the crock pot. He cooked it separately from the crock pot in a saucepan for about 20 minutes until it thickened, then poured over the shredded pork. It was shared among friends on a cold fall night, served with an appetizer of grilled cheese and hummus. My personal favorite combo of cheese: queso fresco and a local tomme raw milk cheese.

Oh, and *secret chef tip* in case you’re in the market for the world’s best grilled cheese – and who isn’t?  – the key [she looks both ways] is frying your grilled cheese in mayonnaise. Our official unscientific experiment of butter vs. mayonnaise showed mayo led the tasting results.  Food among friends multiplies the joys and the flavors.

p.s. I recommend Shout Stick for getting this lip-smacking sauce out of your clothes.

Sauce adapted from Pretty.Good. Food.

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