If you have never made homemade barbecue sauce I highly recommend it. If you have never made barbecue sauce with Four Roses Bourbon in it – I insist you make it! #BourbonBBQ
May is National Grilling Month which is perfect for our family because that means I will prepare a few sides and enjoy a glass of wine (well in 3 weeks that is) while John fires up the grill. This time I got to be more of a participant in the main course.
When I was asked to create a barbecue sauce using Four Roses Bourbon I jumped at the opportunity. And you know John did not discourage it since bourbon was involved.
Even though I am from the south I rarely ate barbecue – why? I guess I just craved other things. When it was John’s turn to choose the place to eat at he would always choose BBQ. 9 months ago things changed. Once I found out I was pregnant this baby could not crave enough BBQ! All I wanted was herb cornbread, coleslaw, baked beans, mac and cheese, and BBQ – all the time! I would say he is already just like his Daddy.
When trying to decide what I wanted to put into making a homemade barbecue sauce I decided to add honey and brown sugar to bring out the sweetness. And since I am not a big fan of the tangy vinegar based sauces I chose to leave out the apple cider vinegar, but I did add a small amount of dry mustard to add a little bit of contrast.
As for the bourbon I used Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon. It has a robust full bodied flavor with a fruity aroma. The hints of plum and cherries make me want to use it again and try recipe testing a plum bourbon marinade for chicken. What do you think?
I chose to use quail to slather this sauce on as well as an herb rub rack of ribs (not pictured because we consumed them waiting for the quail to cook).
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 2 cups ketchup
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- ½ c. Four Roses Bourbon
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- Add all ingredients to a small saucepan.
- Allow to simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by Four Roses Bourbon. All opinions expressed are my own.