1 large onion, sliced thin
10 or so fresh cranberries
3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
3/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup apple cider
3 chipotles in adobo sauce, chopped (or less if you don't like it spicy, but you definitely want to add some for the smokiness)
1 tb maple syrup
1 tb soy sauce
1 tb white vinegar
1 tsp ground mustard
1 tb bacon grease, or vegetable oil
Makes roughly 1.5 cups
Let's do it!
- Add bacon grease to a saucepan and heat on medium-low. Add onions and fry until very very soft and caramelized. They'll be a soft, light brown mess. This may take about 20 minutes. Make sure to stir and don't let them burn!
- Add garlic and cranberries and stir until the cranberries split open.
- Add everything else and simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes until it all melds together.
- Taste it. You'll want it to be a nice, full, balanced flavour. If it seems bland, add more soy sauce. If you'd like it to be a bit more sour, add more vinegar. Not sweet enough? More syrup. Make sure to add these a teaspoon at a time, and pour it in the teaspoon over a bowl or something, and not over the sauce. That's the easiest way to ruin your hard work.
- Take it off the stove and let it cool down a bit.
- Put it all in a blender and liquify it. If it's still warm, loosen the top plastic thing (the one you can take out to add stuff in while blending) and put a clean rag over it before blending. Otherwise, it might explode into a literal hot mess.
- Use to marinate food before and after cooking, put it on the table when eating, and/or store in a mason jar up to a week or so.