The United States is known for its amazing variety of barbecue sauces. In fact — in some places — barbecue sauce is a religion steeped in deep regional traditions. According to Wikipedia, the first commercially produced barbecue sauce was made by the Georgia Barbecue Sauce Company out of Atlanta, Georgia in 1909. Barbecue sauce (BBQ Sauce) became a more commercialized product when the Heinz corporation bottled and retailed its barbecue sauce in early 1940.
Most barbecue sauces are vinegar- or tomato-based, combined with specific spices and sweeteners to give the sauce a unique, and regional, flavor. Of course, you can always purchase your favorite sauce from any grocery store shelf. But why? Using quality ingredients you will be much happier making your own.
So, let’s make an interesting and delicious sweet barbecue sauce using Jack Daniel’s, the highest selling American whiskey in the world, and Sriracha, the hippest hot chili sauce in the world — Homemade Jack Daniel’s Sriracha BBQ Sauce. Here’s what you’ll need.
- 1/2 Sweet Onion Diced
- 4 Cloves Minced Garlic
- 2 Tbsp Dark Brown Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
- 1 Cup Light Brown Sugar
- 1 Cup Tomato Ketchup
- 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
- 1/4 Cup Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Tbsp Sriracha Sauce
- 2 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
- 1 Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
- 1 Cup Unsweet Apple Juice
- 1/2 Cup Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey
- 1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- Combine Light Brown Sugar, Ketchup, Maple Syrup, Worcestershire Sauce, Sriracha, Mustard, Juice of Orange, Apple Juice, Jack Daniel's and Balsamic Vinegar into a mixing bowl. Mix well using a whisk.
- Combine Olive Oil, Diced Onion and Minced Garlic into a shallow sauce pan. Fry until onions are translucent. Add Dark Brown Sugar and Smoke Paprika to the pan. Stir liberally until onions are nice and caramelized.
- Pour mixing bowl liquid into sauce pan. Cook on high heat, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens to your liking. Pour into a bowl/jar and let cool.