15 August 2012

Today is reveal day for the Eating The Alphabet Challenge.  This month we had to chose a fruit, vegetable, grain, bean, or legume that began with the letters M, N, or O.  Three options!  Lots of choices there.

I immediately knew that I wanted to do something with mango.  My husband pointed out that mango was an excellent option because it contained all of the letter choices: M, N, and O, in order!  Always thinking, that guy!  I like mango-flavored things, but had never cooked with fresh mango before.  Time to change that!  I remembered that I had pinned something with mango earlier this summer and quickly found it on my Pinterest board.  It is a barbecue sauce made with mango from What's Cooking, Love?.  I thought it sounded amazing and couldn't wait to try it.  We had several rainy days where grilling wasn't possible, but finally the clouds left us and we were able to get out there and smother this wonderful sauce all over some chicken.  Here's the recipe.

Mango Barbecue Sauce

1 large mango, chopped
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ cup ketchup
¼ tsp salt

Combine the chopped mango, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, ketchup, and salt in a blender and blend until smooth.

Set some sauce aside (to be used for dipping later), then brush the remaining sauce all over whatever raw meat you want to grill.  Grill the meat as you normally would, then use the remaining sauce to dip at the table.

Makes enough for 4-6 servings.

This sauce is so good!  The onion powder and salt were my additions.  You may choose to add other things, or subtract some depending on the size and flavor of your mango.  My mango was super duper sweet, so that's why I added the salt.  This sauce is definitely sweet, but it has a wonderful zesty tang to it as well.

I wrote the recipe as just the sauce, because it would be good on any kind of barbecued meat.  I didn't want to limit it just to chicken.  It was awesome on the chicken, but it would also be great on grilled pork chops and even salmon.  Can't wait to try that!

If you have never cut up a fresh mango, I suggest you google "how to cut up a mango" and watch a quick video.  I totally mangled mine cutting it up.  Mangos have an odd-shaped pit, so it's best to cut it a certain way to get the majority of the meat off of it.  After watching a video, I was able to cut up the rest of them with no problem.

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  1. What a gorgeous color and scrumptious idea for a barbecue sauce! I love mangoes and I think they would taste marvelous on BBQ.

  2. Sounds very interesting! I'll have to try this when mangoes come into season!

  3. Okay this sauce sounds absolutely amazing!  I am going to have to try it out for sure!  Glad to have found your blog because I struggle big time in the kitchen and looks like you've got tons of great recipes!  Just found your blog and I've loved looking around and getting to know you better.  I'm excited to follow along! 

    new follower :)

  4. Thank you so much for checking out my blog and for your kind words. I hope you find some recipes that you want to try, and I hope that you love them when you do! If you have any questions, just let me know. Nice to "meet" you!

  5. I'm so glad that you liked it!! I never though to try it on something else, but I bet this would be delicious with pork!

  6. Brenda @ Meal Planning MagicAugust 19, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Wow! This sounds terrific and easy too! I have been thinking I need to find some homemade barbecue sauces so will add this one to the list for sure!