The Kentucky Barbecue Book is more than just a restaurant guide: author Wes Berry serves up sauce and side dish recipes as he scours the commonwealth for the best barbecue joints.
Bourbon Chipotle BBQ Sauce (courtesy of Charlie Winter)
“My fellow barbecue lover, Charlie Winter, joined me on a trip to some Bluegrass barbecue joints and helped me celebrate the finale of my barbecue tripping at Staxx BBQ in Frankfort. Charlie has been seeking out the best in Kentucky barbecue for longer than I have and mastering the smoky arts at his home in Frankfort. He’s generously shared his recipe for a barbecue sauce with a healthy dose of bourbon, Kentucky’s native spirit.” – Berry
- 1 cup of Heinz ketchup
- ¼ cup of white vinegar
- ¼ cup of water
- ¼ cup of molasses
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- 1 tablespoon of chipotle ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon of freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ cup of Kentucky bourbon
Combine vinegar, water and ketchup in a non-aluminum saucepan over med-high heat. Use a whisk to blend until smooth then add all remaining ingredients. Once the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat and let simmer uncovered for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you like your sauce with more heat, add more chipotle pepper to taste.