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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Grilled Salmon with Pineapple Poblano BBQ Sauce




When we don't plan for dinner, often the first answer out of Dave's mouth is "pizza?"  A few weeks ago I mentioned my brother and his wife loaded us up with fresh salmon, we've been enjoying the heck out of it, so much so that I forgot to post the the recipes.  The weather in Chicago hit nearly 70 degrees this week, clearly some kind of record for the 2nd week in November.  There was no question that grilling was a must!  Sorry Dave, no pizza tonight

With a huge salmon fillet in hand, I meandered over to the cupboard to find a suitable marinade.  First thing I saw was a little can of pineapple and it just stuck.  With the help of some left over tomato sauce that was begging for use I found myself with a pan of pineapple bar-b-que sauce, it's a bit on the sweet side with bits of heat from the poblano peppers, a nice change!   It all comes together super easy, by the time the brown rice was cooked, the sauce and salmon were ready.  I'm pretty sure you can have this together and in your mouth before the pizza guy can deliver, need I mention that it's much, much healthier too??

Notes and tips:  Grill the salmon on the flesh side on high for a minute, then flip over and place on a piece of tin foil, bending up the sides.  Now pour half of the sauce, along with some of the pineapple chunks on top.  The foil will catch the sauce drippings and  caramelize the sides.  I was thinking you could try this with a small can of mandarin oranges as well, sounds super!



Grilled Salmon with Pineapple Poblano Pepper BBQ Sauce

Sautee in olive oil
1/4 (heaping) cup of diced onions
1 minced garlic clove

Add:
3 Tbls Tomato sauce
1/2 cup pineapple juice
chopped pineapple (from a small can- about 1 cup)
3 Tbls Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbls chopped roasted poblano peppers (use more or less depending on the heat level you prefer)
1 heaping tbls brown sugar
1 tbls maple syrup
juice from 1/2 lime
1 tsp vinegar (white balsamic is what I used, cider would be just fine)
salt and pepper to taste

Simmer on low until it's all blended and the flavors have had a chance to meld. (roughly 10 minutes).

Oil the grill.  Drizzle olive oil on the salmon, season with salt and pepper.  Grill flesh side down on high for a minute.  Flip onto tinfoil, cover with bbq sauce, close the lid, lower heat to medium and grill a few more minutes.  I like my salmon rare, and depending on the thickness of a the salmon, this may only take about 5 minutes.  Grill to your preferred doneness.

Drizzle remaining sauce on top and serve with brown rice tossed with chopped almonds.

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