Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Vegan Kansas City Style Bbq Sauce

Barbeque sauce is one of those things that the world is better for.  I slop it over burgers, hot dogs, french fries, and even mac & cheese (whilst Ashley glares at me across the dinner table).  The great thing about the great bbq sauce is that they have so much variety that there are literally dozens of different 'styles'.  Each style has been tended to by its corresponding location of origin, and therefore each carries with it their own sense of what a bbq sauce should taste, smell, and feel like.  I love them all.  I can spend hours at a specialty shop sopping up the different profiles of the unique sauces and imagining them upon on a grilled veggie dog, analyzing the flavors-- deconstructing and reconstructing the recipe --  only to have forgotten in upon the moment that my eyes gaze over a more daring and unique attempt.

Anyways, this recipe here is for my standard thick Kansas City style bbq sauce; it carries a thick body with some dark, smokey notes paired with the oaken flavors of whiskey, a little spice, and a pinch of sweetness.

1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoons paprika
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 tsp liquid smoke
1/2 shot your favorite whiskey
1/2 tsp molasses
1 tsp onion powder

Heat oil in a saucepan. Add garlic and sauté until brown.

Add remaining ingredients and reduce heat. Simmer for 15 minutes until thickened.

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