I hope your Fourth of July was as good as mine. We had our very first official block party and it was so much fun! We barricaded the cul-de-sac entrance and let the kids do what kids should do on Independence Day – jumping like triple espresso-filled kangaroos in a bounce house; bouncing on a trampoline; riding in an impromptu, decorated bike parade; competing in a balloon and spoon race, and their favorite…soaking the oldies with water balloons. The whole street pulled together with food, drinks and cash donations to make this a really special day. My wife was responsible for the games, which she handled like a professional – megaphone in one hand and a margarita in the other
Since moving to the U.S. 13 years ago, I really started to like my adopted holidays of the Fourth and Thanksgiving. Both of them involve bringing people together and chowing down on monstrous amounts of food! I’m amazed my two kids were still awake by the time the sun set and the neighborhood fireworks started exploding.
But they were…maybe it was because their taste buds were still dancing from the flavor of this ridiculously tasty barbecue sauce. I smoked 12 pounds of pork for sliders and made this peach sauce to pour over the pork. We had also chicken, ribs, burgers, and hot dogs, and somehow the sauce found its way to coat all of the meat, not just the sliders. I even put the pulled pork on my hot dog and then covered it in sauce. The peaches came from my own tree, which is now on its way to being done for the summer. I wish I had started earlier, which is what I say every year when the fruit starts falling from the branches, but I’ll know next year to make huge batches of this sauce.
You could use any other stone fruit for this barbecue sauce and just replace the peaches equally. Nectarines, plums and apricots would all be fair game. I’ll be experimenting with a cherry version soon too.
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Peach Barbecue Sauce
- 2 cups ketchup
- 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2/3 cups brown sugar
- 1 1/4 cups Coca Cola
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp barbecue rub
- 4 cups peaches chopped into cubes
- Place all of the ingredients in a 4 quart pot and bring to a boil.
- Turn down the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
- Transfer the sauce to a blender or large food processor and blend until smooth and no chunks of peaches are visible. You may have to do this in stages to avoid spills.
- Transfer the sauce to a bowl and let cool before pouring into jars.
- Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.