BBQ sauce

I have been trying to find a BBQ sauce worth making for a long time. I have tried so many different recipes, all of which have let me down.

Until now. This recipe hits every note I expect a BBQ sauce to have. Enjoy!

  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup whisk(e)y*
  • 2 cups ketchup#
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Worcester sauce
  • hot sauce to taste
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Place first 3 ingredients in a wide saucepan or skillet. Simmer gently until the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Strain the sauce into a suitable container.

    * whisk(e)y – use any tasty Scottish, Irish, or American whisk(e)y or bourbon, so long as it’s one you would drink.
    # ketchup – check your ingredients list carefully. It is a lot easier these days to find ketchup made with sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup.

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