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Tikka Masala BBQ sauce
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There is only really one thing that I conciously and deliberately try to eliminate from my diet and my family's diet:  High Fructose Corn Syrup.

I'm not saying that HFCS is the bane of all ills--as far as I know, it doesn't cause space herpes or super cancer or incurable spontaneous bowel explosions, but I don't really live all that far from an active railroad line, and I've seen them haul these huge tanker trucks full of HFCS in railcar after railcar after railcar, and i'm pretty sure we probably ought not to be ingesting that much of any one substance, and when you consider it's in damn near everything we eat, eliminating can be real headache.

I don't buy HiC for the kids, I buy kool aid.  I don't buy regular jellies, I buy jams and preserves made with fruit juice.  I buy only the "Simply Heinz" brand ketchup because it's the only kind made with sugar instead of HFCS.  And when it comes to BBQ sauce, I stopped buying it altogether because of all the condiments on the shelf, BBQ sauce almost ALWAYS contains HFCS as the 2nd ingredient, and the ones that don't have it charge about $3 more just on the very principle of it being made with "all natural ingredients".

Problem is, there's only so often you can use honey & sri racha mixed together as a sauce before you get bored with it.  I do get a hankerin' for a good BBQ sauce every now and then, so the only logical thing to do is make it myself.  It's actually extremely easy to make, and can be easily modified to suit your tastes.

Tikka Masala BBQ sauce

1/3 cup ketchup
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
2-3 tbs Brown Sugar (I like everything sweet)
Black pepper
Salt
2-3 tsp Valencia Spicy hot sauce (because it has a cinnamony after taste, but you CAN use frank's red hot if you reduce it a little)
Powdered ginger (few shakes)
2-3 tbs Tikka Masala (NOT yellow curry - RED curry -- more on that later)

Mix ketchup, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar and black pepper in a bowl until well mixed.  Add the Valencia hot sauce and then slowly shake in the 2-3 tbs tikka masala.  Add sauce to chicken or fish at the very last minute that you are cooking the meat so that the sugars from the sauce get a little bit scorched and then flip to coat the other side.

So I know sometimes I throw out some crazy weird ingredient that in reality is probably not that cheap at all for someone in rual areas to obtain.  And I mean, why WOULD you buy this expensive spice for just ONE dish?  Well, the fun thing about tikka masala in general is that it is, in itself, an outstanding meat rub.  Truth is, even if you didn't have ANY OTHER INGREDIENT in this list, you COULD potentially rub the raw chicken or fish JUST with the tikka masala OR mix the spice with plain yogurt and braise the meat with it, so the benefit of obtaining is two fold in a sense that even if you ran out of every other thing in your cabinet and all you had was chicken, plain ol rice and this spice, you could still eek a meal out of it!

Why not yellow curry?  Because yellow curry doesn't play nice with ketchup--yellow curry tends to want to be the star of the show when used in cooking, and if you think about it, it's ALREADY a blend of several different spices, so watering it down that much more with all this other crazy stuff is not going to work . .. not that tikka masala ISNT a blend, it's just a little bit tamer than yellow curry and can be a bit more versitile.

I served this dish tonight with Uncle Ben's original fast cook rice mix with fresh jalapenos, tomatoes and little shot of fish sauce all cooked together in the same pot . . . oh and I steamed up some broccoli too.  And I made extras, but they're not for you.  Sorry.  

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