Fandom Foodie: Kirby’s Maxim Tomato and Apple Ketchup

“Your spirit is willing but your pink flesh is weak.”
-Metaknight, Kirby, Right Back At Ya!

Believe it or not, but I used to be a…”Kirby Fanartist”. I drew many Kirbies back in the day! So, I’ll have you know that this piece was really easy once I channeled my expert Kirby rendering skills from the age of 12. For a pink puffball, he’s pretty tough! He inhales his enemies and gains wicked cool powers. Plus, he’s one of the best characters in Super Smash Brothers.

Here’s a BBQ sauce recipe that uses one of the health-recovery items from the Kirby series, the Maxim Tomato! Also, you get to use some Dreamland Apples! Ideally you should use in-season tomatoes and in-season apples…but pick one or the other if you can’t get both at the same time.

Difficulty Level

Easy Mode

Kirby’s Maxim Tomato and Apple BBQ Sauce

Recipe Type: BBQ Sauce
Author: Alex Boake
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  • 1 Cup Water
  • 3 Medium Ripe Tomatoes, diced
  • 2 Macintosh Apples, shredded
  • 1 6 oz. Can Tomato Paste
  • 1 Vidala Onion or any Sweet Onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tsp Sweet Paprika
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  1. Take all the ingredients except the Oil and throw them in a medium-size saucepan. Once again, don’t get intimidated by a long ingredient list. Sauces like this are super easy to make, and are much healthier than the store-bought alternatives.
  2. Bring to a boil, and after boiling for a minute, reduce heat to medium low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes, or until all the ingredients begin to break down into a saucy consistency.
  3. Remove from the heat and allow to cool briefly. Transfer to a food processor, or using an immersion blender, process until smooth and uniform. Add the Olive Oil and blend again. This sauce is great on Pulled Pork, Ribs and Chicken! I’m not sure if it will help you recover your health like a Maxim Tomato…but it sure is tasty!! Put what you don’t use immediately into a glass jar, and refrigerate for up to two weeks.

8 thoughts on “Fandom Foodie: Kirby’s Maxim Tomato and Apple Ketchup

  1. AAAAAHHHHH!!! We LOVE Kirby!! I just adore – ADORE, I tell ya! – your illustration.

    And the recipe looks pretty darn good too. I wonder if I could sub some home-canned tomato sauce, and have it ready in time for my Bambi-loaf…

  2. OMG! The Kirby sauce is to die for! We put it on the Bambi loaf we ate last night! I do think it is more like a sauce, or even a ketchup more than a barbeque sauce. Of course my Texan palate may not know any better.

    Thanks for the recipe! Damn fine. I am thinking we need a dozen jars of this in our larder.

      • Really, Alex – I think this is going to be our go-to recipe for ketchup now. And as a heads-up, I’m posting the venison meatloaf today, and including the version of this I made to go with it. Giving you full credit for the great recipe!

        (On a side note, for some reason, I can’t rate this recipe any higher than one star; what plugin are you using?)

        • Awesome! I’ll have to try and get my hands on some venison so I can make your meatloaf now. ; )

          I just started using Easy Recipe, but it’s giving me problems. The print isn’t working, it links to “…”, so that is broken too. I submitted a bug form and they said they would get to it this week, so I think I’ll just deactivate it for now.

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