All posts tagged: sauces

Espresso Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

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 The spices and seasonings are where you can make the sauce your own. Pull out a bottle of your “secret recipe” barbecue sauce, and your friends will think you’re a barbecue savant.  So, what is my secret ingredient? A shot of espresso. 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. Recipe: Espresso Chipotle Barbecue Sauce Inspired by: Paul Kirk’s Championship Barbecue Sauces   Notes Storage: I have a little squirt bottle for BBQ sauce, but it only holds a couple of cups. I pour the rest of the sauce back into the ketchup bottle for long term storage. I write “BBQ Sauce” all over it with a sharpie, to try to avoid confusion, but the kids have learned that they need …

Easy Barbecue Sauce

One of my original cooking jags was barbecue – real, low-and-slow barbecue. (See here. Or, more embarrassingly, here, 3rd picture down.*) Now, with the kids, I usually have to live with ribs every now and then, instead of overnight beef brisket. One of the things I learned was that store-bought barbecue sauce is not good. And what’s even worse is that you can make it yourself in no time at all! I can whisk up a batch of this no-cook barbecue sauce in about ten minutes, and it keeps in the fridge for just about forever. *Aargh. Remember this picture if you ever think of putting something on the web that you might later regret. Black socks? What was I thinking? On the other hand (literally), I’ve got Ben in all his baby cuteness to distract you. Recipe: Easy Barbecue Sauce       Notes: Obviously, this recipe can vary quite a bit (see all the optional ingredients and variations) When I have it on hand (almost always), I’ll add a tablespoon of barbecue rub …