Three Sweet Sauces

or quick liquid flavor enhancers for all weather fun

Because I'm dreaming of Summer, because my brain only works at about half capacity on dreary days, and because even though I have several delightful dishes to share with you all, I can only think about the meatballs waiting in my bag for lunch - I bring to you today "Three Sweet Sauces."  I first made these as a trio of meatball sauces for our house warming party way back when...  But I have since used some variation of them for everything from meatballs, to steaks, to chicken with great success.  My favorite thing about these quick recipes is that they are really easily adapted to personal tastes, so some hot sauce can be added for a kick or some smoked sea salt for a richer BBQ flavor.  Think of it as a jumping off point and see where it takes you...

Honey Garlic
- Minced Garllic, 4 tsp
- Butter, 1 tbsp
- Ketchup, ¾ cup
- Honey, ½ cup
- Soy sauce, 3 tbsp

Sweet & Sour
- Brown sugar, 1 cup
- Flour, 3 tbsp
- Water, 1½ cups
- Distilled white vinegar, ¼ cup
- Soy sauce, 3 tbsp

- Ketchup, 1 cup
- Brown sugar, 2 tbsp
- Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp
- Soy sauce, 1 tsp
- Garlic, minced, 1 tsp
- Onion, dried minced
- Salt and pepper

Honey Garlic:
1. Saute garlic and butter in a sauce pan
2. Stir in remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes

Sweet & Sour or BBQ:
1. Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan
2. Mix thoroughly and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes until desired thickness

Universal Step 3 - a few options -
A. Add to a Crockpot of meatballs, stir well, turn to low or keep warm.
B. Spread on steak, chicken, or pork during the last few minutes on the grill.
C. Serve as dipping sauce with chicken tenders
D. Stir into meatloaf mix in place of ketchup or other liquid/seasoning blends
E..... well, you get the idea....

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