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Kentucky bourbon barbeque sauce recipe

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Kentucky bourbon is not only mixed in drinks, but it also appears in many recipes, such as this one for barbeque sauce.

Original recipe makes 4 cups Change Servings
    •    Prep 15 mins

    •    Cook 30 mins

    •    Ready in 45 mins

    •    1/2 onion, minced
    •    4 cloves garlic, minced
    •    3/4 cup bourbon whiskey
    •    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 flavoring
    •    1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
    •    1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    •    1/3 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste


    1.    In a large skillet over medium heat, combine the onion, garlic, and whiskey. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Mix in the ground black pepper, salt, ketchup, tomato paste, vinegar, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and hot pepper sauce.

    2.    Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes. Run sauce through a strainer if you prefer a smooth sauce.