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Cooking with Whiskey This Summer
If you’re looking for exciting new ways to cook, and you’re planning on using your grill this summer, we have two amazing recipes for you. Lift out a bottle of your favorite whiskey, and get ready to take a trip to the grocery store. These are two great BBQ sauce recipes that go well with pork, beef, and everything else you serve up.
Honey and Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce
Ideal for chicken, pork, beef, and even shrimp – this honey and Jack Daniels sauce is sure to be a winner at your summer BBQ events.
Here’s what you need:
- Dark Brown Sugar (1 Cup)
- Ketchup (1/2 Cup)
- Honey (1/4 Cup)
- Soy Sauce (1/2 Cup)
- Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey (1/2 Cup)
- Liquid Smoke (1 Tbsp)
- Chipotle Powder (1/2 Tsp)
- Paprika (1 Tsp)
- Onion Powder (1 Tsp)
- Garlic Powder (2 Tsp)
- Dried Espresso or Instant Coffee (1 Tsp)
- Bacon Drippings (2 Tbsp)
- Apple Cider Vinegar (1 Tbsp)
- Hot Sauce (1 Tbsp)
The way you make this sauce couldn’t be simpler. Grab yourself a saucepan, and combine all the ingredients. Give the mixture a stir before you put the pan onto the heat. Then, you should slowly bring the entire mixture to a boil, stirring constantly as the heat rises.
Once the mixture comes to a boil, lower the temperature, and allow it to simmer and cook. Keep the sauce on a medium to low heat setting for roughly 10 minutes, stirring regularly. It’s best to use a wire whisk as you stir, as this ensures all ingredients fully meld together.
Regular BBQ Whiskey Sauce
Prefer a regular BBQ sauce? This recipe allows you a little more freedom. You can choose the kind of whiskey you want to use, which will ultimately change the flavor of your sauce. You can use the finest whiskey you have to make a real treat, or you can use regular store-bought whiskey. Either works well.
Here’s what you need:
- Hot Sauce (1/3 Tsp, or however much you want to use)
- Brown Sugar (110g)
- Worcestershire Sauce (4 Tbsp)
- Liquid Smoke Flavor (2 Tbsp)
- Apple Cider Vinegar (5 Tbsp)
- Tomato Puree (4 Tbsp)
- Ketchup (500g)
- Garlic (4 Cloves)
- Minced Onion (1/2 Onion)
- Salt (1/2 Tbsp)
- Ground Black Pepper (1/2 Tsp)
- Whiskey (180ml, you can choose the whiskey)
To get started, fry the garlic and onion in whiskey for 10 minutes, until the onions appear translucent but not caramelized. Then add the ground pepper, tomato puree, salt, ketchup, liquid smoke, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and sugar to the pan. Mix thoroughly, and then bring to the boil. Once it reaches boiling point, simmer on medium heat for 20 minutes.
You can change the flavor of the sauces by using different ingredients, changing quantities of the ingredients you use, and using different whiskeys. While you’re cooking, why not grab a Glencairn glass and have a sip of your favorite bourbon?