Barbecue Sauce with Bourbon and Bacon Fat

Barbecue SauceRight about now, you are probably trying to process the awesomeness of the title of this post, you’re mind is trying to wrap it’s thoughts around barbecue sauce, bourbon, and bacon fat all existing in the same recipe. We are here to tell you “Yes, Virgina there is a Santa Claus” and you can have bourbon and bacon fat in your barbecue sauce just like The Founding Fathers intended!

Barbecue Sauce Recipe

  • 2 Cups Beef Stock
  • 1 Small Onion Finely Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Bacon Fat
  • 1/4 Cup Diced Bacon
  • 2 Cups Ketchup
  • 1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons Hot Sauce (Frank’s or something similar)
  • Kosher Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
  • 2 ounces of Bourbon
  1. Heat the bacon fat over a medium flame and soften the onions in it, this should take about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the diced bacon
  3. Add the beef stock
  4. Pour in the vinegar and bring to a boil.
  5. Stir in the ketchup and hot sauce.
  6. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. The sauce should thicken slightly.
  7. Add the salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Pour in the Bourbon
  9. Simmer for 10 more minutes to cook down the Bourbon

This sauce has a nice hit of acid from the apple cider vinegar and develops smokiness from the bacon. The onions give a bit of sweetness along with the ketchup. It is the bourbon that mellows it all out and brings it all together. An interesting variation of this sauce is to not cook down the bourbon, it can be mixed in just prior to serving. This amps up the punch of the sauce, makes it not kid friendly but it is so good.

We here at flames and food  believe that if you are going to cook with booze, cook with something that you would actually drink. That is why we are proud to serve Knob Creek to our guests when we entertain. Trust us on this.

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Demon Spit Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Barbecue Sauce Demon Spit Barbecue Sauce is an ugly name for an ugly sauce. It lacks the body of a nice thick ketchup based barbecue sauce, it lacks the complexity of a mustard based BBQ sauce, it is about as subtle as a slap in the face. If it had a job it would be an MMA fighter specializing in “Ground and Pound”. It looks like something siphoned out of a muddy ditch, and we here at Flames and Food.com can’t get enough of it with our Smoked Pork Butt. We are proud to share our Demon Spit Barbecue Sauce Recipe.

This barbecue sauce recipe is heavily influenced by the  style of sauce from the coastal regions of North Carolina. This is most likely where Southern style BBQ originated. Those early pit masters found out that the pucker factor of vinegar, and the heat of hot peppers cut the rich fattiness of pork. It wasn’t until the mountain areas of the state were settled that tomatoes were added and the more familiar  modern BBQ sauce came about. Until then this sharp, hot, and salty mixture got the job done.

Barbecue Sauce Recipe

  • 2 Cups Distilled White Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon of granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon of your favorite hot sauce (We are big fans of Frank’s Hot Sauce but Sirachi is pretty good too!)

The easiest way to mix this barbecue sauce recipe up is in a good old fashioned mason jar. Put the lid on tight and shake away. This sauce needs at least 12 hours in the refrigerator for the flavors to marry. It gets better the longer it sits  and we’ve made it as much as a week ahead of time so it can really get it’s groove on.

Demon Spit will never be mistaken for a BBQ sauce that comes out of a jar. It’s thin consistency and bite are not for the faint of heart. Those daring enough to try this barbecue sauce recipe won’t be disappointed!

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