I can not remember a year when I haven’t made all of my holiday gifts for friends (children are another story…they don’t want my food; they want stuff!). Although I try to make something new each year there are repeats by request. This Limoncello is one of the most requested and I even get bottles back in hope of refills. Though not a food item I have legions of fans who love this Wood Butter for cutting boards and wooden utensils as much as I do. Can’ t buy a new cutting board? Refresh it! I’ve got a couple of new favorites I’ll be sharing this week…and this sauce has been deemed good enough to be first!
I’m thinking this sauce is going to create the same sensation. A bit of whiskey, some heat too; it’s been great on everything I’ve tried; chicken, beef, pork and shrimp…it’s even good straight from the spoon (of course I did!). It was SO bitter cold last week that I just quickly seared some rib-eye on the grill, sliced it and then finished it inside on the stove; it was perfect, seriously. I used this Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey because I had some but don’t limit yourself; use your brand and add a bit more honey for a similar result. The folks making Sriracha Hot Sauce better get their act together because for some of us it’s a NECESSARY ingredient but if you don’t already have the red rooster or can’t find it; here’s a list on Wikipedia of other hot sauces you could consider!
Sweet, heat, a bit spicy; there is that booze business too…what can I say but it’s oh SO good! A great gift for a cook or someone who loves to grill or what the heck, make it for yourself!
Tomorrow? Balsamic Caramel Sauce. Another Oh. My. Moment.
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup Jack Daniel's Honey Whiskey
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tsp Liquid Smoke
- 1 Tbsp Sriracha hot sauce (or your favorite)
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp bacon drippings
- 1 tsp dried espresso (or instant coffee; use a bit more)
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
- a pinch of cayenne pepper
- Combine all glaze ingredients in a medium size saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes; stirring frequently with a wire whisk.