Apple Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Apple Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
Yield: 3 Cups Cook 14 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup diced sweet onion
  • 3/4 cup coarsely grated peeled apple (preferably a firm, sweet-fleshed variety such as Rome Beauty)
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup cola
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke

Make It

1. In a small skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion to skillet and saute for 4 minutes. Add grated apple, bourbon, salt, cayenne, cinnamon and cumin and saute for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

2. In a large nonreactive saucepan, add remaining ingredients and mix well. Simmer over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add apple mixture and stir well. Simmer for 2 additional minutes and remove from heat. After cooling, transfer to a tightly covered jar or plastic container and store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.