In this household, we grill a lot. Even during the cold, rainy, Portland nights my studly husband will be out there with a head lamp and raincoat grillin‘ up something delicious. That’s how deep his dedication to his craft is. And I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t one of his (many) selling features 😉
In addition to being our resident grill master, he also made us this delicious BBQ sauce. Which may explain why there’s so much bourbon whiskey in it… But really, what’s not to love about a sauce that has onion and garlic cooked in whiskey and then simmered to deliciousness with ketchup, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, tomato paste, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, fresh ground pepper, and plenty of hot sauce?Right, not much. Once the sauce is brought to a boil and simmered for a good 20 minutes, and you have an amazing smokey, slightly sweet, super flavorful From Scratch BBQ Sauce. Yes, it takes longer than opening a bottle from the store, but trust me, the flavor is worth it. Wait ’til you see what we did with this deliciousness and a pork shoulder… Hint: my husband may have eaten the results for 6 straight meals. 😉
- 3/4 cup whiskey
- 4 cloves of garlic minced
- 1/2 onion minced
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups of ketchup*
- 1/4 cup of tomato paste
- 1/3 cup of vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of liquid smoke
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of hot sauce
- In a large skillet over medium heat, add the onion, garlic, and whiskey. Simmer together for 10 minutes until the onion is translucent. Mix in the ground black pepper, salt, ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire, brown sugar, tomato paste, liquid smoke, and hot sauce.
- Bring everything to a boil and then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Run sauce through a strainer if you want to remove the onion and garlic for a smoother sauce, otherwise, transfer to jars and let cool. Refrigerate for at least overnight to allow flavors to develop.
- *For you own homemade ketchup: http://www.servedfromscratch.com/5-minute-homemade-ketchup/