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Bourbon-Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce


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Bourbon-Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce

Recipe Notes

  • Yield: Makes about 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar, or more as needed
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Recipe Steps

Step 1: Combine the ketchup, brown sugar, bourbon, cider vinegar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, liquid smoke, hot sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper in a nonreactive saucepan and whisk to mix.

Step 2: Gradually bring the sauce to a simmer over medium heat and let simmer until thick and flavorful, 8 to 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning, adding more cider vinegar if necessary; the sauce should be highly seasoned. Transfer the sauce to a bowl or clean jars and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate the sauce, covered, until serving time; let it return to room temperature before using. The sauce can be refrigerated for several weeks.

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