It’s getting saucy around here…

Well I’m not sure what has happened but ever since getting back from our trip to Africa Mr. T. has caught a major cooking bug – not that I’m complaining! I’m loving it! His reasoning: not wanting to do dishes anymore because in our house the rule is whoever cooks the other cleans :) So we have been treated to some really yummy healthy dinners!

One thing that Mr. T. has always loved to do is BBQ, as most men do. Over the last couple years he has been perfecting his very own made-from-scratch BBQ sauce and anyone who tries it loves it!

We have been trying to eat much healthier lately and have been choosing less processed foods of late. So as our homemade BBQ sauce is running low,

 MR. T. decided that for this batch he would use homemade Ketchup as the base instead of a preservative filled store bought concoction.

So off he went to the local market and wouldn’t you know it roma tomatoes were on sale – score for us!



What I’ve noticed with sauce making – it takes a long time in the crock pot, but so worth it to have the homemade taste knowing there’s no nasty preservatives in there.

So first things first washing and chopping of a whole lot of tomatoes and throw everything in the crock pot…

And then let it all simmer for about 4 hours stirring very occasionally.









Then Puree in the blender and strain through a mesh strainer









I will say that it has a very different taste to the store bought variety, but knowing it had good fresh ingredients makes it an easy choice. I wouldn’t necessarily use it with eggs and bacon, but substituting it in recipes that call for ketchup or tomato sauce would be perfect.

Here is the recipe:


  • 6 large tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 bulb fennel, chopped or use 2 tbsp ground fennel
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 1 whole star anise pod
  • 1 tablespoon salt


  1. In a large saucepan or crockpot combine tomatoes, fennel, onion, garlic, sugar, molasses, vinegar, cloves, anise pods and salt. Reduce over low heat until mixture becomes very thick. If using the crockpot set to low for 4-5 hours.
  2. Remove star anise. Puree mixture in a blender and strain through a mesh strainer. Chill and store in refrigerator.
Enjoy friends!

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