This sauce is worthy of an award. The bourbon is to give it the right taste but don’t go splashing your Woodford Reserve around, Jim Beam will do.
The recipe is really easy but be warned – make loads or you’ll regret it! So double or triple the ingredients, they’re just a guide to the proportions you need of each. It’s also worth while spending time really mincing the onion as fine as you can – the finer the better so you get a more sauce like quality rather than a relish. Nothing wrong with a relish of course but you’ll more often than not want to pour over things.
1/2 onion, minced
4 minced cloves of garlic, minced (I use lazy garlic from a jar)
3/4 cup of bourbon
Add the first three ingredients and simmer until the onions soften, then add the rest of the ingredients.
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon salt
2 cups ketchup
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/3 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons liquid smoke (use a touch of chipotle pate if you haven’t got)
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 teaspoon hot pepper sauce for a zing
Bring to the boil and simmer for around 10 minutes until the sauce looks like sauce!
Smother over most things, enjoy!