Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Southern Comfort BBQ Sauce

That is going to taste great with Ribs
There are days when store bought BBQ sauces are ok, even great. True BBQ though begs for homemade sauce, one inspired by sweet bourbon. So a couple of weeks back we were going to have ribs and I of course felt like this time we needed our own sauce. Since I have never made BBQ sauce before I did a little research and found out sooo many ways to make BBQ sauce that I decided to look at one and improvise from there. I added a little of this and a little of that and came up with a great BBQ sauce.

So I took this basic recipe from Foods of our Lives and tweaked it since I was running out of ingredients. Here it is below.
Look at all those brown ingredients getting browner 
1 tablespoon ground allspice
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup chili powder
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1.5 cups Southern Comfort
1.5 cups red wine vinegar
1 cup molasses
2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup ketchup
1/2 tablespoon of Soy Sauce
2 tablespoon fine corn meal

Preparation Instructions:

Check out the boiling action
In a large sauce pan combine the allspice, cayenne, chili powder and dry mustard over low heat and toast the spices just for a couple of minutes, stirring and watching carefully so as not to burn them.

Turn the heat up to medium and add the bourbon, vinegar, molasses, brown sugar, ketchup and soy sauce. Cook and stir until it comes to a boil. Then reduce the heat to low and allow simmering for about 90 minutes. About half way through the 90 minutes add the fine cornmeal and allow it to thicken. You will want to put a splatter screen over it if you have one.

Remove from heat and allow the sauce to cool to room temperature.  The sauce can last up to three months in the fridge. 

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