Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Recipe Time: Plum Sauce and Mustard BBQ Sauce

There have been a few requests for these recipes!

Monica's Plum Sauce

6 large red or black plums
1 tbsp. minced ginger
Soy sauce to taste
Splenda to taste
  1. Slice the plums in half and remove the pits.
  2. Place the plums in a pot, skin side down. Make sure the pot is big enough that the halves do not have to stack on top of each other, but not too big. I would err on the side of a pot that is slightly too small rather than one that is way too big.
  3. Add enough water to the pan to cover the plums.
  4. Add 2-3 packets of Splenda.
  5. Poach the plums on low heat until you can tell they are soft. The water should be a pretty, deep red color by now.
  6. Remove the soft plums from the liquid and puree them in a food processor.
  7. Add the plum puree back to the liquid. Add the ginger and soy sauce to taste.
  8. At this point, the plum sauce will taste like baby food. To fix that, bring the sauce to a boil, then lower the heat.
  9. Reduce the plum sauce until it is deeply colored and has more of a sauce consistency than an applesauce consistency.
  10. Cool and serve. Add more soy sauce or Splenda as you prefer for flavor correction.

Keep in mind that plums have a high natural sugar content, so if you dump easily, you should be careful with this sauce. Otherwise, as long as you're eating only a small amount of the sauce with a protein, I think it's A-okay. And plums have lots of fiber, so there's a nice bonus when you don't strain the sauce!

Monica's Mustard BBQ Sauce, Version 2 (Version 1 can be found here.)


1 cup spicy brown mustard (I like Gulden's)
1/2 can tomato paste
1/2 cup Splenda
2 tbsp. ground sage
2 tbsp. garlic powder
1/2 to 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. celery seeds
1/4 to 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
A few dashes of liquid smoke


  1. Mix all of the ingredients together.
  2. Cook over a low flame until the vinegar reduces a bit, and add whatever is needed to get the right intensity of flavor.
Tada! How easy are those recipes! :-)

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