Sweet and Spicy Watermelon Sauce
Watermelon flesh and pink/white rind but don't use any of the bright white or bitter green
1 1/4 c brown sugar (or white sugar and 1 heaping T molasses)
3-4 T water
1/4 t cream of tartar
dash of salt
1/4 c ketchup (reduced sugar is fine too)
1/4 c white vinegar
3/4 t crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 t liquid smoke flavor (hickory or mesquite)
1/8 t ground black pepper
Chop watermelon and pink/white rind into chunks. About 3 cups full of chunks. Place in a food processor and pulse briefly to puree. You want about a cup full more or less and you want it to stay thick.
To a saucepan on the stove place the brown sugar (or white sugar with molasses added) into a pan. Add the cream of tartar, dash of salt and about 3-4 T water. I used a mixture of white and brown sugar but found I was out of molasses. No worries, you are just making a general syrup. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 3 or 4 minutes until it's thickened. Add the watermelon puree, ketchup, vinegar, red pepper flakes, flavoring and pepper. If you want to use less crushed red pepper flakes you can, or substitute similar measurements of minced jalapeno, canned green chilies, or for a completely sweet sauce, leave out the spice. Bring to a boil again, reduce to s simmer and let simmer for 1-2 hours until it reduces down, becomes dark and thickens. The longer you simmer, the thicker and darker it becomes.
I canned mine in sterilized jars with lids and used a water bath process for 30 minutes. But then we ended up using it that night anyway because it was SO good I couldn't wait! We used it on grilled chicken (basted, grilled, basted more, grilled more and finally, final basted and served extra with dinner). We are saving the rest to use with Cream Cheese Won Tons like a spicy, sweet plum sauce.
|Making a simple syrup|
|Cleaning the watermelon|
|Scraped and chopped. You can use these rinds for watermelon pickles or discard.|
|Pureed watermelon and the pink/white part of the rind|
|Bringing to a boil|
|/Simmer until it's as thick as you need or want it to be|
I used sugar substitute in my syrup since I don't typically buy corn syrup.
Just Like Sugar Table Top Sweetener
Brown Sweetener:by Just Like Sugar
Ball Jar Heritage Collection Pint Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 6
Brushed on chicken on the grill... YUM!!!!