Bourbon-Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce

Courtesy of Plantet Barbecue! Copyright 2010 by Steven Raichlen. Used by permission of Workman Publishing Co., Inc. New York. All Rights Reserved.

Courtesy of Plantet Barbecue! Copyright 2010 by Steven Raichlen. Used by permission of Workman Publishing Co., Inc. New York. All Rights Reserved.

Bourbon-Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce

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    Ingredients

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

    directions

    Prep: 30 min Total:
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    • 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.

    • 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.

    notes

    Contrary to popular belief, liquid smoke is a natural product, made from distilled wood smoke and water.

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