Bourbon is an alcoholic beverage that has come to be known as the American whiskey. Like many spirits, it has also been used for culinary purposes, its unique properties adding special flavor to whatever recipe it is used in. It has been an ingredient in a wide variety of dishes, from pudding, to pastries such as fruitcake and pies, and even in soups. But it is perhaps more popularly used to enhance meat dishes. Among such applications is a specially concocted barbecue sauce that utilizes Bourbon as its main ingredient.
The preparation of Bourbon barbecue sauce is very simple. First, ½ cup of butter is melted in a saucepan. 2 chopped medium onions are then added into the melted butter and sauteed until they turn golden brown. Once they do, 3 seeded and finely-chopped green chilies and 3 crushed cloves of garlic are added in. This mixture is then cooked over a medium flame for a period of around 5 minutes.
The heat is then reduced in order to simmer, and the following ingredients are added in: 4 cups of ketchup, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 cup of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of dry mustard, and ground black pepper. The mixture must be stirred well after each time an ingredient has been put in.
The mixture is cooked for 10 minutes, over simmer, after which it is stirred in Bourbon and cooked for an additional 5 minutes in order to give the sauce texture. Afterwards, the sauce is removed from the flame and transferred into a bowl in order to cool it down. Once it does, it is poured in either a plastic or glass jar (make sure it is clean) and stored in a cool, dry and dark place. This is the basic recipe Bourbon barbecue sauce, but other BBQ sauce recipes can be adapted into such by replacing whichever liquid is required with Bourbon.
While obviously best served with beef, pork and poultry dishes, Bourbon barbecue sauce can also be used as a dip and even as pizza sauce. There are of course ready-made bottled sauces available in supermarkets, however it is much better to know how to make it at home; all the better to gauge its flavor according to one's own tastes. Besides, it is quite easy to prepare and adventurous cooks might even want to experiment with trying to come up with their own variation of this savory marinade.