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The best pasta sauce you can make

I can make the best pasta sauce. Even better than the Italian nana’s these days. I know that’s a bold statement, but I know I am right. And if you try this sauce, you know it too.
Because I cook the sauce over a fire, instead of cooking it on a gas-fired stovetop, I get the authentic flavour. This is the original Italian sauce they made in the olden days.

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs 20 mins
Total Time 5 hrs 35 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine American, American Barbecue
Servings 4 people
Calories 436 kcal


  • 15 piece ripe tomatoes
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 piece onion sliced
  • 3 clove garlic finely cut
  • 2 stalks celery sliced
  • 4 piece carrots sliced
  • 1 tbsp oregano fresh
  • 1 tbsp thyme fresh
  • 1 tbsp rosemary fresh
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 500 gram pork leg
  • 500 ml water boild


  • Grate the tomatoes with a food grater and get rid of the skin. Set this aside.
  • Cut the pork into 2 finger-thick slices and season it with sea salt.
  • Fire up your grill to a temperature of 250°C/482°F. Grill the pork over direct heat for a nice sear. Keep flipping the meat until you see that Maillard effect appear.
  • Take the pork out of the grill and lower the temperature to around 150°C/302°F. Place an oven tray on the grates and pour in the olive oil.
  • Put the sliced onion in and let it get brown and soft. Add the garlic, celery and carrots. Stirfry it a bit, and then pour in the grated tomatoes.
  • Let this simmer for a while until you add the meat to the sauce. Lay the oregano, thyme and rosemary on the sauce and top the tray with hot water.
  • Close the lid and let the sauce simmer for 4 to 5 hours. The sauce is ready when the pork is fall apart tender. When the sauce threatens to dry up before this happens just pour in some extra water.
  • Pull the pork apart and season the sauce with salt and pepper.



Calories: 436kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 21gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 741mgPotassium: 1809mgFiber: 11gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 14254IUVitamin C: 80mgCalcium: 155mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Grilled, Pork leg, Sauce, Tomato
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