bourbon maple bbq sauce

22Jul10

I’m vegetarian. BBQ sauce might seem irrelevant to me. It’s like the time my grandpa snatched the bottle of A-1 off the table (I was putting it on a baked potato). When I reassured him that it was okay, it was vegetarian, his reply was this: “I don’t care! It’s steak sauce! It’s just not right!” (Actually, my grandpa is a pretty sweet man, despite his aversion to vegetarians. He also told me once that he would disown me if I snuck any of that tofu stuff into his food).

Back to the sauce. Recently, I have been cooking with (and drinking!) more bourbon. It really has grown on me. So, I decided to give my go-to bbq sauce a boost. I slather this sauce on extra-firm tofu before baking it at 400 degrees. I also mix the sauce with canned pinto beans and toss them in the same oven, for some impromptu baked beans.

Make a batch. Put it on whatever you like. Enjoy!

Bourbon Maple BBQ Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/8 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1/8 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon veggie worchestire
  • 2 cans 15 oz. tomato sauce

Instructions:

  1. Finely dice the onion.
  2. Heat oil over medium heat in a medium-sized saucepan and add the onion. Cook until soft and beginning to turn a carmel color — about 10 minutes.
  3. Add all the dry spices and stir. Heating spices in oil helps them “bloom” and develop more robust flavors. Cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced by 1/4.
  5. Taste and adjust seasonings. The nice thing about this sauce is that you really can tinker around with it, until each batch tastes just right in the moment.
  6. Enjoy!
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One Response to “bourbon maple bbq sauce”

  1. 1 Katherine Marino

    Ingenious recipe, it sounds DELICIOUS!


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