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Labor Day Barbecue Sauce

Sure, you can pick up any number of hot, spicy, smokey, bourbon-y, syrupy, gooey barbecue sauces for your Labor Day barbecue, but I find that there’s always something a little too…syrupy or gooey or hot or spicy about the ones out there. (It’s not necessarily that I am picky — it’s more that I’m just lazy and haven’t gotten around to doing any real reconnaissance.)  So in the meantime, this basic barbecue sauce takes about five minutes to make and calls for ingredients that I’ll bet you have in your house right now. Use it when you are grilling ribs, pork loins, or for classic barbecued chicken. Make sure you only brush it on during the last three to five minutes of grill time. Otherwise it will burn.

1 teaspoon hot sauce
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoons lemon juice
1 shot bourbon
salt and pepper
1 dried chili pepper

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 7 to 8 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat and let cool.

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