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Peach-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Peach-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

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Peach-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

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About This Recipe

Yield:Makes about 3 cups
Active time:25 minutes
Total time:45 minutes
Special equipment:Blender
This recipe appears in: Sauced: Peach-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup finely diced sweet onion (about 1/2 large)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly minced garlic (about 1 medium clove)
  • 1 1/2 cups roughly chopped peeled fresh peaches (about 1 pound of whole peaches)
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon habanero hot sauce, plus more to taste
  • Kosher salt, to taste

Procedures

  1. 1

    Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When foaming subsides, add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  2. 2

    Add peaches, ketchup, bourbon, brown sugar, vinegar, honey, molasses, mustard, Worcestershire, and hot sauce and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until peaches have softened and sauce has slightly thickened, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. 3

    Puree sauce with an immersion blender, or transfer sauce to the jar of a regular blender, and process until smooth. Season with salt and additional hot sauce to taste. Let cool to room temperature, transfer to a jar and store in refrigerator for up to a month.

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