For the love of everything edible, add some sauce to your food!
The sauce you decide to put on your food can either make or break the dish. As a self-titled sauce connoisseur, I pride myself on knowing how to make sauce from scratch just to give my meal that kick that everyone loves. In a quest to figure out how to use up this jar of molasses my mother found in our cabinet, I ran across this amazing recipe for my favorite condiment, barbecue sauce. I always had an inkling that the base to barbecue sauce was molasses but I wasn’t sure how could I make it as amazing as Sweet Baby Rays. This lack luster summer is finally over but that shouldn’t stop you from throwing this Bourbon Barbecue Sauce on some wings, a rack of ribs, or even jazz up your baked beans. From one sauce lover to another, bon appétit.
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cups finely chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Hungarian paprika
- 1/3 cup bourbon whiskey
- In a large, heavy saucepan, melt the butter with the oil. Saute the onions until tender. Add the garlic and cook 2 minutes longer.
- Combine the molasses, ketchup, vinegar, mustard, pepper, lemon juice, zest, soy sauce, paprika, and bourbon, Stir into onion mixture.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool and refrigerate in a covered container.