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California Grown Cherries…In BBQ Sauce?
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Thank you to California Grown for connecting me with California growers and encouraging California consumers to “Choose California Grown” when they can.
Have you heard of California Grown? Or seen that blue license plate logo at the grocery store? California has some of the best produce and products, and California Grown is the group of farmers that provide us with it! I was invited by California Grown, via the Clever Girls Collective, to taste some of California’s cherries. My cherries happened to come from a grower not far from my house! I couldn’t have been more excited when I opened my shipment to see these guys staring back at me:
Since starting my own (small) garden, I can appreciate the hard work that goes into growing produce. I mean, all I have is a handful of plants, and I spend hours weekly tending to those. I can’t imagine the passion that goes into tending to an entire farm, orchard or vineyard. That’s one of the great things about California Grown. Every farmer is passionate about what they grow. They put their heart into it!
If you think I’m being over dramatic about California Grown, just watch this video of Dean Devine of Lodi Cherry & Hughson Cherry. He’s a fourth generation cherry grower. And another example of how family oriented California Grown is. They care about their farms and orchards, just as much as I care about what I feed my family.
The most important thing for me, and the reason I buy California Grown, is that I know I am supporting my community. I know where my food came from. I know that someone cared about the food I’m eating before it even landed on my plate. And that means a lot to me!
You can learn tons more about California Grown, the farms that participate and more by visiting their website. There’s so much information there! Don’t skip the economic impact report. See how farming truly boosts our state’s economy. Cherry growers alone create 1,375 jobs!
Down to the yummy stuff. These cherries were delish! Thank you California sun! It was all I could do to stop eating them before they made it to the recipe. I knew right away what I was going to do with them. Cherry-Chipotle BBQ Sauce.
If seeding cherries sounds too tedious to you, don’t worry. A cup and a half of chopped cherries is about 2 big handfuls of whole cherries. It won’t take you more than 10 minutes with a knife! The chipotle is the perfect complement to the sweet cherries. If you find yourself with an overabundance of cherries and don’t know what to do, skip the cherry pie. This BBQ sauce will knock you off your feet!
If you want a spicier sauce, feel free to add more chipotle peppers. I didn’t want to over do it with a toddler at the table, so I would rate this in between mild and medium on the heat scale. This sauce would be excellent on ribs, and it was fantastic on chicken!
Cherry-Chipotle BBQ Sauce
||1 hours, 15 minutes|
- 1 medium yellow onion (rough chopped)
- 3 cloves garlic (peeled and smashed)
- 1 large can tomato sauce
- 1 1/2 cup fresh cherries (pitted and chopped )
- 2/3 cups brown sugar
- 1 large orange (juiced (about 1/3-1/2 cup))
- 1/4 cup molases
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 2-3 medium chipotle peppers in adobo (rough chopped)
- 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from the can
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter
|Melt butter over medium heat in a large sauce pan. |
|Saute onions until they are translucent, but not browned |
|Add smashed garlic cloves and sauté for 2 more minutes. |
|Add all remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. |
|Once boiling, reduce heat to medium or medium low and maintain a simmer for 30-45 minutes. |
|Keeping the pot uncovered, stir every once in a while to prevent sticking. |
|BBQ sauce is done when it's thickened. |
|Transfer to a blender and puree until sauce is smooth. Cover the lid of the blender with a towel to prevent splatter. |
|Use immediately, or store in the fridge for up to a month. |
Remember, look for the California Grown logo when you’re shopping, so you know you’re buying the best and supporting your local and state community! If you aren’t sure, ask your grocer!
Thank you again to California Grown for sponsoring this blog post. Please click here to learn more about all of California Grown growers. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions are my own. #CleverCAGrown #spon