Here's a multipurpose recipe I absolutely love! I found the recipe at allrecipes.com and tweaked it a bit to make just perfect for my family. I left the original name in case folks want to look it up. This is almost like the Frank's Hot Sauce commercials… "I put this $h-t on everything".
Jack Daniel's instead of bourbon
2 Tbs of smoked paprika (I find the liquid smoke a little too potent for our family)
Save a buck by using no name ketchup for this recipe. I love Heinz but there's no need for it here.
Use a hand blender to purée the final product… We like it smooth but I don't want to throw out that onion flavour.
It really is better at least a day after making it.
1/2 onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup Jack Daniels
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 smoked paprika (but you can use 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.
2. Mix in the ground black pepper, salt, ketchup, tomato paste, vinegar, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and hot pepper sauce.
3. 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.
Perfect for steak, chicken, pork, anything you throw on the grill! For best results, refrigerate for a day or two, allowing the flavors to blend.
Nelson Cardoso is "Dad in the Kitchen". A dad and husband that feels happiest and truly at peace when sitting around the table with family and friends enjoying a good home-cooked meal prepared fresh, from scratch, in his own kitchen. Follow him on Instagram.