Charred Tomato Sauce with Pomegranate Molasses


Preparation info
  • Makes About

    1 Cup

    • Difficulty


Appears in
The Barbecue Bible

By Steven Raichlen

Published 1998

  • About

Khashkesh isn’t your typical tomato sauce—not by a long shot. Charring the tomatoes lends a distinctive smoke flavor, while the pomegranate molasses adds an unexpected sweetness and tartness. (The pomegranate molasses is available at Middle and Near Eastern markets, but I have also included a recipe for it.)


  • 1 large ripe tomato
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons


  1. Set up the grill for direct grilling and preheat to high.

  2. When ready to cook, brush and oil the grill grate. ace the tomato on the hot grate and grill, turning with tongs, until charred on all sides, 8 to 12 minutes. Transfer the tomato to a platter to cool.

  3. Scrape most of the burnt skin off the tomato, then place it and the garlic, P