Pomegranate-peach Barbecue Sauce

Contributed by Bryant Terry, author of Afro-Vegan.


Tomato sauce, tomato paste, pomegranate molasses, chipotle chile, sage


Yields: about 2-1/2 cups.


Soundtrack: “Never Can Say Goodbye” by Isaac Hayes from Black Moses


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  • • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • • 1⁄2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • • 1⁄4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • • 1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • • 1 cup diced peeled peaches
  • • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • • 1⁄4 cup water
  • • 1⁄4 cup red wine vinegar
  • • 1⁄4 cup pomegranate molasses
  • • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • • 1 to 3 tablespoons chopped chipotle chile in adobo sauce
  • • 2 teaspoons minced fresh sage



    Warm the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, salt, and cayenne and sauté until the onion is soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.


    Transfer to a blender. Add the peaches, tomato sauce, water, vinegar, pomegranate molasses, lime juice, tamari, tomato paste, and chipotle chile and process until smooth.


    Pour the sauce back into the saucepan and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until thick, about 20 minutes. Stir in the sage and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes. Taste and season with more salt if desired. Use immediately or store in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

    Reprinted with permission from Afro-Vegan by Bryant Terry, copyright © 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc. Photography © 2014 by Paige Green.