Blueberry BBQ Sauce

It’s early in the morning and the sun has not started to peak over the mountains just yet. You are excited and your body is not quite cooperating with your brain as you attempt to untangle yourself from sheets. You somehow bumble through your morning routine and grab that snuggly grey wrap sweater on your way to the car. Eyes half open you munch on some almonds as you drive. A few minutes later you are in the middle of no where, three men in flannel or fleece vests greet you and one hands you a steaming paper cup of coffee. Dawn. Ignition. You are bubbly with excitement and you can’t stop asking questions as you ungracefully climb into an overgrown basket that comes up to your shoulders. There’s a couple in with you, they are recently engaged and visiting from South Carolina. She’s always wanted to go on a Hot Air Balloon ride. The cute one in the fleece vest pulls a lever and there is a loud gush of hot air that you can feel on the back of your neck. It’s a chilly misty morning and you want him to do it again. After a few more pulls you are floating. Gently bumping higher and higher until you forget that you are supposed to live with your feet on the ground. It’s magically silent now and the air is still around you. Stealthy. The sun is almost up and you can see the whole valley. The vineyards gleam with a green dewiness that is almost indecent. Everything looks brand new. You can’t stop saying “Thank you” over and over in your head. You realize two things. First that the light in the Napa Valley, your hometown, is somehow different than anywhere else, its golden – honey, unfiltered straight from the sun. Second that if you are ever inducted into a secret ninja society, your new mod of transportation will be hot air balloon.

This sauce is inspired by real life events – "I"s have changed to "you"s to protect the innocent. 

Chop. Saute. Combine. Boil. Simmer. Cool. Blend

2 Cups Blueberries
1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 Cup Bourbon
2 TB Tomato Paste
3 TB Brown Sugar
1 Jalapeno
1/4 Red Onion Diced
3 Cloves Garlic
2 TB Vegetable Oil
Salt and Pepper

This gooey indigo dream can be drizzled on pork kabobs, grilled salmon or spooned over a New York strip. Maybe use fancy toothpicks to dunk those turkey meatballs into them at your next outdoor social. Bottle it up and give it to the hostess of the next summer BBQ you are invited to. It will secure lots of future re-invites. 

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