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BBQ Carrots

Recipe courtesy of Lo Spiedo, located in Philadelphia, PA

How to make healthy carrots grill-side appropriate? Ranch, of course.

For the ranch dressing:

  • 2 tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1 ½ tsp. dried dillweed
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried chives
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup of mayo (per 1 tbsp. of spices)
  • Buttermilk, as needed

For the BBQ sauce:

  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2 ½ tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1 quart OJ
  • 1 cup Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup sherry vinegar
  • ¼ cup soy
  • 1 ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup Tabasco
  • ¼ cup cumin, toasted
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, toasted
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sage
  • 1 teaspoon. thyme
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cup molasses

For the carrots:

  • 2 carrots
  • BBQ sauce, as needed
  • 1 ounce ranch dressing
  1. For the ranch dressing, grind all of the spices together until fully mixed. Add in the appropriate amount of mayo (1/3 cup per 1 tablespoon of the spice mixture) and add buttermilk until it reaches the desired consistency.
  2. For the BBQ sauce, sweat the onions and garlic down until the onions are translucent. Add in the rest of the ingredients and let it simmer on low heat until the sauce has thickened.
  3. Then, wash and cut the carrots into large matchsticks.
  4. Rub with the BBQ sauce, salt, pepper and olive oil. Grill the carrots while basting with the BBQ sauce until it acquires a nice char. Be sure not to burn the carrots, just give them some color.
  5. Finish the carrots in oven until tender, about 15 minutes.

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