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Monday, June 18, 2007

Balsamic Barbecue Glaze

I've had a love affair with balsamic vinegar as long as I can remember. I decided to use the balsamic in lieu of another form of vinegar when making an easy barbecue sauce. By reducing the vinegar, the sauce is tangy, sweet and the perfect consistency.

1 c balsamic vinegar
3/4 c ketchup
1/3 c brown sugar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp Dijon mustard

Combine all ingredients into a sauce pan and cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally. Allow sauce to reduce until it sticks to the back of a spoon, about 20 minutes. ***Cooks note: This recipe yields about 1/3rd less the amount of sauce then at the beginning of cooking.***

Pictured and enjoyed painted on chicken breasts cooked on the grill.


Janet said...

I love Balsamic too... I swear, I could drink it straight from the bottle!! This chicken looks succulent!

Michelle Vance said...

Can you tell me how you cook your chicken with the sauce....Do you cook the chicken in the oven and then put the sauce on and then put it on the grill. or do you put the chicken on the grill, allow it to precook for awhile and then put the sauce on, or do you just put sauce on the chicken, grill, and keep adding glaze as you go along??
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Meghan said...

For this meal, I made the sauce and started the chicken on the grill. All I did was coat them in olive oil, salt and pepper and grilled them on one side. I flipped after 5 minutes and painted the sauce on the first side. Then after proper cooking time (these were small about 4 more minutes) I flipped them again and painted it on the other side. I continually basted the chicken until I felt they were covered enough to my liking!

The key to understand this is...balsamic is prone to burning.... and pretty severely. So yes, you can do this in the oven...but here is what I would do...

Bake on 375*F in a baking dish about 25 minutes.. Remove the baking dish from the oven and spoon the BBQ sauce all over the top of the chicken. Return the baking dish to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes or until done. (keep an eye on it!)

I also suggest serving this sauce along side of your chicken. If you are like will want more for drizzling over top!

Keep the questions coming!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

This sounds like a great BBQ sauce. I made a similar one and put it on chicken wings. It was delicious!

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Sean said...

Great recipe, thanks.

We are watching our carbs; I substituted two packets of Splenda for the brown sugar with excellent results.