Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ultimate BBQ Sauce

This BBQ sauce, from Tyler Florence, is the only one you'll ever need. It's just that good and even better on slow-cooked ribs or chicken.

Ultimate BBQ Sauce

2 bacon slices
4 sprigs fresh thyme
1/2 onion, chopped
3 smashed garlic cloves
2 cups ketchup
1 cup peach preserves
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard or 1 tablespoon dry mustard
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
2 tablespoons red or white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground paprika

Wrap the bacon around the middle of the thyme sprigs and tie with kitchen twine so you have a nice bundle. Heat 2 Tbls, of oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the thyme bundle and cook slowly for 3 to 4 minutes to render the bacon fat and give the sauce a nice smoky taste. Add the onion and garlic and cook slowly, without coloring, for 5 minutes. Add all of the rest of the sauce ingredients, give the sauce a stir, and turn the heat down to low. Cook slowly for 20 minutes to meld the flavors. Use to baste your favorite grilled items!

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