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    Beerbecue Sauce

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    1 hr 15 mins

    15 mins

    1 hr

    Pangaea's Note:

    This is a homemade BBQ sauce with a very complex blend of spices akin to a dark mole. I used some techniques I learned from America's Test Kitchen's Quick Tomato Sauce recipe to sweeten the sauce naturally with yellow onion and crushed tomatoes, rather than add a bunch of brown sugar like most recipes. Great on ribs, burgers, etc.

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    1. 1
      Melt butter in a heavy saucepan on high heat.
    2. 2
      When butter foams, add onion, garlic, chipotle peppers and salt. Cook for 1-2 minutes until onions begin to brown.
    3. 3
      Add all dry spices and stir until blended into a thick paste, about 30 seconds.
    4. 4
      Deglaze the pan with the beer, scraping up any brown bits of aromatics on the pan.
    5. 5
      Add molasses, vinegar, liquid smoke and crushed tomatoes, then stir until evenly incorporated. Make sure molasses doesn't stick to the bottom or sides of the pot.
    6. 6
      Simmer the sauce for 1 to 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally, until the texture is thick like barbecue sauce.
    7. 7
      Add olive oil and sweeten with mirin, to taste. I probably only use a few teaspoons of mirin, but if you like it sweeter you could go heavier.
    8. 8
      Move to a blender or food processor for about 1 minute until the sauce is smooth. Tastes great fresh, but will taste better after 1-2 days.
    9. 9
      NOTE: This sauce could also be used as a braising liquid for roasts, brisket, short ribs, etc. Instead of thickened the sauce, add it to a roasting pan with the browned meat and slow-cook for hours until fork tender.

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    Nutritional Facts for Beerbecue Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (4487 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1339.5
    Calories from Fat 283
    Total Fat 31.4 g
    Saturated Fat 15.7 g
    Cholesterol 61.0 mg
    Sodium 1295.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 115.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.4 g
    Sugars 6.7 g
    Protein 12.7 g

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    liquid smoke

    crushed tomatoes

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