I went to college at Utah State University, which is near a little town called Brigham City. Every year, Brigham City holds a festival called Peach Days. The tradition was started in 1904 as a way to celebrate the harvest, and it continues to happen every year in September. People travel from all over Utah and Idaho to visit the festival, wander the booths and of course, eat PEACHES.
Lots of peaches…
My freshman year of college, a few roommates and Iwent to see what the hype was all about. We quickly learned that Brigham has two claims to fame:
1) Peach Days.
2) The World’s Greatest Wild Bird Refuge.
(Also, who designated Brigham City the World’s Greatest Wild Bird Refuge? That’s the real question here…) Well, regardless, it was a fun day full of friends, festivities and peaches and cream. Literally. My friend’s grandma who lives in Brigham made us Peach Cobbler with Ice Cream. So yeah. Good day.
That’s one of the best parts about September if you ask me. The peaches. We’re all about fresh peaches and nectarines here at Kiwi and Carrot…grilled peaches on avocado toast, nectarine brie and bacon pizza, fresh nectarine salsa…and now this Peachy BBQ Sauce. Peaches just work with BBQ, am I right?
Peachy BBQ Sauce is great for mixing into meat, stirring up with roasted veggies or dressing salads. Mmmm. You just can’t go wrong with fresh peaches.
- 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large white onion
- 2 jalapeños
- 3 cloves garlic
- 10 large peaches
- 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 14-oz. can tomato sauce
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp Worcestershire
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 Tbsp. honey mustard
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the olive oil in a large pot.
- Chop the onions and jalapeños and sauté on low heat until soft.
- Add the garlic and heat for 30 seconds to 1 minute, stirring so it doesn't burn.
- Peel the peaches, cut in half and remove and discard the pits.
- Add the peach halves to the pot and sauté for about 5 minutes.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Working in batches, add sauce to a blender and blend until peaches are incorporated.
- Store in fridge.
*This tastes better after it sits for a day or two. For best results, keep in the fridge and allow the flavors to intensify before enjoying.
*This makes A LOT of BBQ sauce! Keep in the fridge and use it for a month!