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Smoky Tomato Sauce

This is an all-purpose sauce that picks up a smoky flavor and aroma from the wood chips. Try it with any recipe calling for tomato sauce.

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Prepare grill for indirect grilling, heating one side to medium heat and keeping the other side unlit to reach a temperature of 400°. Brush grill grate with oil. Place soaked wood chips in a smoker box over direct heat. Cover grill until smoke appears, about 5 minutes.

Toss tomatoes and onion with 2 Tbsp. oil. Smoke tomatoes and onion over unlit side, covered, until soft but not mushy, 15–20 minutes. Transfer tomatoes and onion to a cutting board, let cool, then chop.

Purée tomatoes, onion, broth, and garlic in a food processor or blender until smooth.

Transfer tomato mixture to a sauté pan and bring to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer. Stir in tomato paste, salt, and paprika; simmer until thick, 5 minutes.

Off heat, stir in basil and vinegar; season with pepper.

Smoky Tomato Sauce Step 1

If you don’t have a commercial smoker box to hold wood chips, improvise an aluminum foil box.

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