Dates….love them…..sweet, chewy, nature’s candy really. So when asked to come up with a recipe from Made In Nature Sun Dried Deglet Noor Dates I was so happy to take up the challenge! Sweet…I was thinking sweet….date bread, date cookies, date candy…been there, done that but on the savory side, I had always wanted to create a no sugar added barbeque sauce so I though I would try my hand at it…..it was so delicious!
The dates are so sweet that no additional sweetener was needed and the end result, after slathering on chicken thighs—amazing! Here’s the recipe and some photos to go along with it, starting with the delicious end result, of course–Sweet Date Barbeque Sauce Chicken Thighs:
Sweet Date Barbeque Sauce
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups diced sweet onion
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
1 teaspoons kosher salt
1/3 cup AppleJack (or bourbon, if unavailable)
2 cups water, divided
1/3 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, divided
24 Made in Nature Dates, roughly chopped
3 tablespoons tomato paste
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine olive oil, onions, granulated garlic and salt and cook until onions are translucent, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add Applejack, 3/4 water, 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 45 minutes until dates are soft. Remove from heat and add remaining water, apple cider vinegar and tomato paste and puree until smooth. Bring sauce to a simmer again and enjoy!