I’ve been glued to MSNBC since January 21. It hasn’t been good for me. I need a break. It’s time for me to post more recipes!
I’m starting with this BBQ sauce because I bought some country ribs on sale this morning, and oven BBQ’d ribs for dinner sound like a great idea on this rainy February day.
Homemade BBQ sauce is easy to make and it tastes so much better that the squeeze bottle of chemicals with a 2 year shelf life! Use it on anything. Chicken, Ribs, Burgers, Steak…
The original recipe for this BBQ sauce was from a newspaper column in the San Jose Mercury News in 2013, I modified it just a bit (bourbon!) and four years later it’s still my go-to BBQ sauce. You can dress this recipe up to suit yourself. You’ll probably want more hot sauce, maybe some liquid smoke…you might even want to use beer or red wine in place of some of the coffee–but make the original first, then decide how you want to make it yours.
If it’s a rainy day where you are, and you are lucky enough to get country ribs on sale too, soak the ribs in BBQ sauce, and place the ribs in a large shallow pan. Cover with BBQ sauce. Cover the pan with foil. Bake at 400 degrees for approx. 1 1/2 hours.
My BBQ Sauce
- 1 1/2 cups strong brewed coffee
- 1/4 cup bourbon (or additional coffee)
- 2 cups ketchup (yessss, I use ketchup…)
- 1/4 cup favorite mustard
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (or honey)
- 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tablespoons cider or balsamic vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Lower heat. Simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to a week. Makes 4 cups BBQ sauce.