Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Made in America

Making your own barbecue sauce is super easy and a fun way to add a lot of flavor to any piece of meat. Start with a base of ketchup, add some vinegar, garlic, maybe a little mustard or Worcestershire sauce or honey and heat until bubbly.

The ingredient I think takes barbecue sauce to a whole new level is bourbon. Bourbon is a type of American Whiskey, barrel aged, distilled and - like everything else in America - made mostly from corn. In addition to making barbecue sauce slightly boozy, it also give it a great smoky flavor and a rich molasses taste. Yum.

Bourbon Barbecue Chicken (Inspired by the New York Times)

Makes 1 cup
  • 1 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup bourbon (1 nip)
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 chicken breasts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients except the chicken in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat. Grill chicken over medium to high heat until slightly charred, about 10 minutes.

Move grill pan to the oven and bake for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, return grill pan to the stove top and grill for five more minutes on high heat, basting chicken with additional barbecue sauce.

Serve with additional barbecue sauce. We also whipped up a corn salad, inspired by A Cambridge Story and some roasted asparagus.


  1. I LOVE homemade barbeque sauce! Any time I can make something for myself and not get it from a can, box or bottle is better, in my opinion.

  2. Yum! I made my own BBQ in a pulled pork recipe recently with totally different ingredients. This is apparently a very versatile sauce!

  3. I haven't made my own barbeque sauce yet but definitely want to soon! I love how it's so versatile.

  4. YUM! Anything with bourbon makes me think of New Orleans which makes me like it before even eating it :)