Za'atar Barbecue Sauce

Za'atar Barbecue Sauce
For this Middle-East-meets-Midwest sauce, a base of ketchup is doctored with equal parts apple cider vinegar, hot sauce, Worcestershire, mint, and za'atar.Denny Culbert

Fusing American and Middle Eastern flavors, this tart and spicy sauce contains plenty of dried mint and za'atar—a spice blend made from thyme, sesame, sumac, and salt. Dried mint is often stemmy, so to achieve a fine powder, rub the leaves through a dry, fine-mesh strainer. At Jamil's in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this sauce is served on the restaurant's 4-hour-smoked ribs and smoked bologna.

Equipment

Za'atar Barbecue Sauce
This American-Middle Eastern hybrid is spiked with hot sauce and spiced with mint and za'atar, a flavorful blend of thyme, sesame, sumac, and salt.
Yield: makes 2 1/3 cups
Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups ketchup
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup Frank’s Red Hot sauce
  • ¼ cup powdered dried mint
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup za’atar

Instructions

    In a medium bowl, add the ketchup, vinegar, hot sauce, mint, Worcestershire sauce, and za’atar. Whisk well to combine. Use immediately, or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.