Jack Daniels Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
Years and years and years ago, in another lifetime, it seems, I used to travel to Tennessee for work. The guys that I traveled with loved to visit the distilleries in Tennessee … and even though I don’t drink whiskey (after a rather nasty episode with whiskey in my younger years), I discovered that I love to cook with it when one of the places we stayed at sold these Jack Daniels cookbooks. I was totally intrigued and bought one … and then another. (This is the second one in my collection.) For years, I gave people Jack Daniels cookbooks for presents. I think everyone in my family has one … and the carrot cake from this cookbook has become a staple at family gatherings and for special occasions like birthdays.
Before I had children, I used to make barbecue sauce from these cookbooks quite frequently, and often added my own little twist each time I made one. This is one of my favorites, that I hadn’t made for ages. We had a rib-fest at work, though, and I wanted a good homemade sauce for my ribs, so I turned to this old favorite and kicked it up with some chipotle powder. It turned out so smoky sweet and good … and my ribs disappeared in a flash! I was happy that I grabbed some as soon as I put them out, because I wanted some of my oh-so-good, fall-apart tender ribs. I used my oven slow cooking method to get my ribs uber tender and wonderful, added a little smoke flavoring, paprika, and chipotle powder to the rub to give it the smoky flavor you might miss from oven-cooking ribs. This smoky sweet sauce was the perfect thing to slather on at the end. My Jack Daniels cookbooks and I are having a very happy reunion. I missed you, old friends!
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, peeled & chopped fine
- 1 - 3 cloves garlic, peeled & chopped fine
- 1 1/2 cups ketchup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Jack Daniels whiskey
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 Tablespoon chipotle powder (or to taste)
- 1 - 2 Tablespoons honey (or to taste)
- In a medium saucepan, saute the onion and garlic in the oil until the onion is soft and translucent and the garlic is fragrant.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients and bring to a slow boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Adjust honey and chipotle to taste. Slather on ribs, chicken or other meat.
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