BBQ food (plus tomato jam recipe)

Here's the deal: putting on an elaborate BBQ for 15 people does not require a lot of advance planning. For this particular shindig, I only went shopping 2 hrs before people arrived. It requires having some good spice rubs on hand plus other goodies, but in general the prep time is not long. I've included some pics, and the recipe for the tomato jam below.

tomato jam (like fruit jam but with tomatoes)

My mom brought me this seasoning from New Mexico
Boquerones en vinagre from Spain (cured white anchovies)

mullets (the fish kind), which we salted and grilled

Chicken drumsticks with chile adobo rub

Sirloin steaks from Costco (they really do have awesome beef), with Dominican sazon

This stuff is delicious! Straight from Austin, TX

Tomato Jam Recipe

4 tomatoes, cored and diced
1/2 c white vinegar (wine vinegar is fine, avoid balsamic)
1/3 c sugar
1/4 c water
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp dried basil and tarragon if you have it
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hr. It should have a thick, jam-like consistency. Serve with grilled meats.

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