This sauce for barbequed poultry and meats originated in North Africa. It is named after the Berbers, a North African Tribe who were renowned for their great skill as horsemen. This is great as a marinade and baste for grilled lamb chops.
Berbere is the famous, or should we say, infamous, scorching Eithiopian hot sauce. One recipe we ran across called for over a cup of powdered cayenne! It is used as an ingredient in a number of dishes, a coating when drying meats, and as a side dish or condiment. Tribal custom dictated that it be served with kifo, raw meat dishes that are served warm. This sauce will keep for a couple of month under refrigeration. Serve sparingly as a condiment with grilled meats and poultry or add to soups and stews. Extremely Hot!
This recipe is from Red Caldwell, who revealed the secrets of Texas barbecue to us when we were editors of Chile Pepper magazine. After a beef brisket has been smoked, it is basted in this sauce for a couple of hours before it is sliced and served. Some cooks slather the sauce on during the smoking. It can also be used with smoked lamb or pork.
Using a commercial salsa as a base for this soup makes it quick and easy to prepare as well as allowing you to choose your spice level from mild to wild. The heat of the salsa will intensify, so I won’’t use anything that is too hot or a salsa that is habanero based. This simple soup can also be expanded to a more hearty soup, with the addition of ingredients such as cooked pinto or black beans, chicken or turkey, or even whole kernel corn. Add these to the soup after it has been pureed. For a taste of green chile, chicken enchiladas in a soup bowl, just use green chile salsa and chicken.