Ah yes, let’s start things off with something truly classic. I doubt that there’s any gamer out there, young or old, who hasn’t at least heard of Pac Man. I also bet that it’s highly likely that many of you have also played Pac Man, in some form. At the very least, you should be familiar with the imagery! That iconic yellow circle with a slice missing…those little ghosts…the cherries…
Yes, the Cherries! They are the key ingredient in this Pac Man inspired BBQ Sauce! The mix of flavours and spices makes this sauce not overly overwhelming on the Cherry flavour. It’s just a nice blend of sweet and savory, with a gorgeous red colour. Those ghosts won’t know what hit them!
- 2 1/2 to 3 Cups Cherries, Halved and Pitted
- 1/4 Cup Water
- 1 Medium Tomato, Chopped
- 2 Tbsp Ginger, Minced
- 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 1/2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1 Large Lime, Juiced
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric
- 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
- 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Don’t get overwhelmed by the long ingredient list. The ‘hardest’ part is pitting the Cherries! Halve and pit the Cherries first, and then toss them in a pot on the stove with the 1/4 Cup of Water. Add the chopped Tomato. Cook over medium heat until saucy.
While the Cherries and Tomato are cooking, assemble the other ingredients. Peel and mince the Ginger, and add to the pot. Add the Mustard, Maple Syrup, Lime Juice, Salt, Turmeric, Red Pepper Flakes, Nutmeg and Cinnamon. Continue to cook until the Cherries are beginning to soften and break apart. Allow to cool slightly, and then transfer to a food processor, or use an immersion blender to whizz everything together until the sauce is a smooth and uniform consistency. Add the Olive Oil and blend once more to combine.
At this point you can store the sauce in a clean jar in the fridge for 7 to 12 days. Use this sauce on all your BBQ items, such as Chicken Breast and Ribs! Just baste your meats with Pac Man’s Cherry Sauce for the final few minutes of cooking to allow the sauce to heat up.
Delicious! Now, go get those ghosts!