Most of us have certain things we’re “choosy” about, for example my husband won’t buy any other ketchup but Heinz and I tend to agree. Myself, I only buy A-1 steak sauce, no others will do and trust me I’ve tried them all, nothing compares to A-1. ( Nothing except my homemade A-1 that is but, that’s a future bloggity ;)). When it comes to barbeque sauce I can’t tell you how many different (store-bought) kinds I’ve tried. None of them make my taste buds sing, instead they put my taste buds to sleep and who wants sleepy taste buds? I want mine alive and kickin’ and saying “Oh yeah, this is good stuff baby!” So when I tried this barbeque sauce, myself and my 10, 000 lil’ buds were singin’ and dancin’! I won’t be buying any more barbeque sauce, I’ll be making this…
Whiskey Bourbon BBQ Sauce
1 minced white onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 c. bourbon whiskey*
1/2 t. ground black pepper
1/2 T. kosher salt
2 c. ketchup
1/4 c. tomato paste
1/3 c. cider vinegar*
2 T. liquid smoke flavoring
1/4 c. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/3 t. hot pepper sauce, or to taste (I prefer Sriracha)
In a large skillet over medium heat, combine the onion, garlic and whiskey/bourbon. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Mix in the ground black pepper, salt, ketchup, tomato paste, vinegar, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and hot pepper sauce.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Run sauce through a strainer if you prefer a smooth sauce or you can put sauce into a blender and puree until desired consistency, which is what I did.
*Notes: 1) I used Jim Beam for my bourbon which worked out great for a smooth tasting sauce. 2) Use Bragg’s cider vinegar if you can (available on Amazon.com and it’s fairly cheap) it is a much better vinegar in my humble opinion.
I doubled this recipe and it made 7 – 1/2 pint jars of bbq sauce plus 3/4 of a cup to use the night I made it 🙂