Aug 20, 2021

Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

This sauce is understandably popular in Tennessee and Kentucky, where the best American whiskeys are made. The whiskey provides a smoky tang derived from the charred oak barrels it’s aged in. The sauce is excellent with all types of grilled pork and delicious swabbed on beef or lamb toward the end of cooking.

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp paprika, preferably Hungarian 2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional) 2 cups ketchup 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 1/4 cup cider vinegar 1 to 2 tsp Liquid Smoke (optional) 1 cup beer 1/2 cup bourbon or Tennessee whiskey 2 tsp ground cumin 1/4 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar 2 Tbsp molasses Tabasco or other hot sauce to taste

Instructions:

Heat the oil in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, along with a pinch each of salt and pepper. Cover and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are quite soft, about 10 minutes. Stir in the bell pepper and cook 1 minute more. Stir in the mustard, chile powder, paprika, and optional cayenne. Cook for 1 more minute, stirring well to coat the onions and bell pepper.

Add the remaining ingredients and stir until everything is well blended. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 25 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened but can still be poured. Add water, if necessary, during cooking. Taste for salt, pepper, and Tabasco or other hot sauce. The sauce can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

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Written by Ginger Cook