Beer and Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Beer and Bourbon BBQ Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, diced
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup ketchup (I used my own homemade chipotle ketchup)
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes in their juice
  • 1 bottle of your favorite beer (I used Fat Tire)
  • 1/4 cup good-quality bourbon
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 - 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (I didn't add any cayenne, since the chipotle ketchup added enough spice; add a little spice, though, if you're using classic ketchup)

Heat the oil in a large stock pot over medium heat.  Add the onion and salt and cook for 5-6 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.  Add the remaining ingredients.

Using an immersion blender, puree the sauce until completely smooth.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce to medium low and simmer steadily, uncovered, for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is reduced and thickened, and the flavors have developed.  Adjust seasonings as needed.

Yields about 5 cups.

Recipe from Curly Girl Kitchen.