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    West African Barbecue Sauce

    West African Barbecue Sauce. Photo by JanuaryBride

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    1 hr 10 mins

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    FLKeysJen's Note:

    From "the Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa." Cook time does not include chill time.

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    Serves: 8



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    1. 1
      Heat the oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add the onion and saute for five minutes, or until softened and translucent. Add the tomatoes, ginger and garlic and bring to a simmer. Sir in the chili, water, coffee, tamarind paste, berbere, cumin and coriander seeds and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat and simmer for 40 minutes.
    2. 2
      Add the honey and simmer for another 10 minutes, or until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Let cool.
    3. 3
      Store in a tightly-covered container in the refrigerator for up to five days.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 01, 2008


      This has nice flavors and went well with chicken, though I think it could go with any meat, fish, or even tofu. I used a little more of the cumin and coriander, and just a touch of the sweetener. A quarter recipe makes plenty for 2 people, though the liquid evaporated after about 10 minutes on low (not sure if this would happen with a full recipe). I still left it on the stove for the full amount of time, and it came out like a relish. Tasty sauce!

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    • on June 29, 2008


      This is wonderful! It went really well with grilled chicken. My family enjoyed it immensely and I will make this again. It's a little spicy and sweet. Really yummy. Made for ZWT4 for the Tastebud Tickling Travellers.

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    • on January 21, 2010

      I am not assigning stars, as the flavors seemed very similar to that of Indian cuisine. . .of which my family is not a fan. That being said, if you DO like Indian flavors, this would probably go very well atop thinly sliced flank steak, portabello mushrooms, or tofu. I did give mine a whirl in the blender to thicken it up, but otherwise made the recipe as written. Made for Photo Tag.

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    Nutritional Facts for West African Barbecue Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (174 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 86.3
    Calories from Fat 32
    Total Fat 3.5 g
    Saturated Fat 0.5 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 6.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 14.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
    Sugars 11.8 g
    Protein 0.9 g

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