Barbecue sauce is easy to make at home. The basic flavor profile is:
- 4 parts ketchup
- 1 part vinegar (usually cider vinegar)
- 1 part sweetener (molasses, brown sugar, honey, or a mix)
- spices and seasonings
So, what is my secret ingredient? A shot of espresso.
I need my espresso in the morning. NEED. And I’m not up to grinding and tamping first thing in the morning. I want my 2 shots of espresso, and I want them now. That’s why I use a Nespresso. No muss, no fuss, and surprisingly good espresso. I know the pods are expensive. I know the pods are not environmentally friendly. Though Nespresso is working on that. This is one of my extravagances, and I try to make up for with the rest of my (admittedly typical suburban dad) life.
Oh, and I add chipotle en adobo to the sauce, for a hint of smoke and heat. Not too much; this is barbecue sauce, not hot sauce.