February 25, 2009
Ryan’s Homemade BBQ Sauce
By Ryan Crafts
I love fine cuisine from all over the world, but my favorite flavors are the uniquely American, rich, smoky tastes of true Southern BBQ. When buying BBQ sauce, most of the sauces you'll find at your local grocery store are thick, sugary sauces, generally intended to be used as a condiment rather than a marinade or cooking tool. Below, you'll find the recipe for my personal BBQ sauce done in this same vein, but with a few twists:
1 & 1/2 cup tomato paste
2 large tomatoes
2 large sweet bell peppers (red, green, yellow, orange, any color's fine.)
1 habanero pepper (optional)
1/4 cup chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (or whole, dried chipotles)
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup of your favorite bourbon whiskey
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 small yellow onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons kosher salt
Dice the onion and saute together with the olive oil and minced garlic over high heat until the onion darkens to a nice carmel color. Set aside.
After washing, open and remove the stem and seeds from the sweet peppers and the habanero. Then put the peppers and whole tomatoes over a charcoal fire, turning regularly until well charred on all surfaces. If you prefer, you can dice the fresh tomatoes and peppers and broil them in your oven until charred instead.
Put the caramelized onion, grilled tomatoes and peppers (don't remove the charred skins!), chipotle peppers, and tomato paste together in a food processor or blender and mix to a fine puree.
In a stockpot, put the puree together with the remaining ingredients over a medium heat and stir constantly for approximately 5 minutes. Reduce to a very low heat and let the sauce simmer for another 20 minutes or until thickened to desired consistency. While over the low heat, the sauce does not require constant stirring, but it must be watched carefully and stirred occasionally or the sugar in the sauce will scorch on the bottom of the pot.
Allow the sauce to cool to room temperature. Sauce should be stored refrigerated in an airtight container. I prefer to wait at least 24 hours after making the sauce before serving it. Sauce should be brought back to room temperature before serving.
Enjoy, but be forewarned, once you try this sauce, you won't be able to go back to just buying stuff off the shelf.
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Culinary Crafts Director of Catering