This American barbecue sauce recipe is by request from a long time reader here on SimpleDailyRecipes.com. It comes straight from my favorite barbecue cookbook by Steven Raichlen. (See book cover & click on image to check out Amazon reviews for yourself.)
Make 2 cups.
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3/4 cup red bell pepper
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
- 1 1/2 cups ketchup without high-fructose corn syrup
- 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup club soda
- 1/4 teaspoon lime juice
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoon apple juice
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
Pour honey into a heavy nonreactive saucepan. Add peppers, onion, jalapeno and slow fry over medium heat until the peppers are soft and the onion translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer the sauce, uncovered, until thick and richly flavored, 15 minutes.
Transfer the sauce to a blender and puree until smooth. Correct the seasoning, adding salt, vinegar, or brown sugar if needed; the sauce should be sweet and tangy. If the sauce is too thick, thin it with a little more club soda. Use right away or transfer to a large jar, cover, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate. The sauce will keep for several months.