BBQ Sauce #2 - RUM Sweet Heat

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by schlotz, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. schlotz

    schlotz Meat Mopper

    ​UPDATED to the latest version 3/21/17 - bumped up the cumin amount from 1/4 tsp

    This one is a favorite at the house. Thought you all might enjoy too!.  The dry mustard already supplies some heat so be careful when adding pepper or other heat sources.

    BBQ Sauce #2 - Rum Sweet Heat

    Recipe By: Matt 

    Yield: 2 1/2 cups


    1/2 cup Myer's Dark Rum, - do not use spiced rum
    1/2 cup ketchup
    1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
    1/4 cup soy sauce
    1/4 cup molasses, dark/full kind
    2 tablespoons A1 Steak Sauce
    - - -
    3/4 cup brown sugar
    1/4 tsp garlic powder *
    1 1/2 tsp onion powder *
    1/2-1 tsp cumin ground
    1 tsp ground dry mustard
    - - -
    ground black pepper to taste, optional


    1. Add all ingredients to a saucepan over low heat. Stir until solids are dissolved.  

    2. Bring it to a rapid simmer then lower heat to just barely simmering for the next 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure no sugars will stick and begin to burn on the bottom.

    3. Let cool.  If you are going to store in refrigerator for a period, use only powders vs diced.  


    The heat comes from the dry mustard and for many is enough. 
    If you want more then experiment by adding ground black pepper.

    * 1 small onion = 1/3 cup chopped = 1 tsp powder
    * 1 clove garlic = 1/8 tsp powder = 1 tsp minced
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2017
  2. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy smoken.

  3. matchew

    matchew Smoke Blower

    This looks like a nice recipe. I'm smoking some ribs this weekend and would like to make my own sauce this time.

    Question: The chipotle, cumin and cayenne are additions or added in place of anything and what measurements?

  4. This looks pretty nice. I'm making some brisket this weekend and will make this recipe. I'll likely remove the A1 and add a bit of cayenne. Thanks!
  5. schlotz

    schlotz Meat Mopper


    You can add them.  Cumin is very strong (IMO) so I would start with 1 tsp or less.  The Ancho or chipotle and cayenene are heat elements. Don't know your tastes but again I'd pick just one and go easy (1 tsp or less), taste then adjust. Ancho I believe has the lower heat of the three.

    Remember, it's always easy to add, but damn difficult to take away :) 

    Last edited: Mar 5, 2015
  6. scholtz, for the Chili sauce, is Sriracha ok for this or do you mean like an asain chili sauce type thing?
  7. schlotz

    schlotz Meat Mopper

    I use Hunts chili sauce. Be careful on the amount any extra will change the flavor profile. Lately I've backed off a bit in order to keep it a more true bbq flavor.
  8. Ok. I was more asking I guess what type of sauce is the Heintz. The store I'm going to I know won't have is why. Is it like a cocktail sauce or more of a sweet Asian type chili sauce that would go on wings or something?
  9. schlotz

    schlotz Meat Mopper

    I would recommend eliminating it and making up the difference by increasing the catsup and rum.
  10. schlotz

    schlotz Meat Mopper

    Last edited: Mar 6, 2015
  11. Ah ok. Will do then. BTW, any reason not to use spiced Rum? I've got white and spiced Rum at home. I don't plan on buying more just for the BBQ sauce, so if you had to choose?
  12. schlotz

    schlotz Meat Mopper

    I personally wouldn't use spiced rum.  My gut tells me it would clash with the other ingredients.  Never tried white rum but it might be okay.  

    You could also consider substitutes such as bourbon or a DRY red wine.
  13. It's done. Doubled the ketchup to make up for the chili sauce and add a bit of cayenne and chili flakes because I didn't have any jalapenos. It's got great heat that balanced nicely with the sweet. Delicious.

  14. schlotz

    schlotz Meat Mopper

    Glad to hear it worked out for you Rickey. So what alcohol did you end up using?

  15. I ended up using clear Bacardi.
  16. matchew

    matchew Smoke Blower

    Thanks, Matt. I didn't get to make any this weekend but will during the week and hopefully slather some ribs this coming weekend.
  17. This sounds interesting.  I love flavoring things with rum.  I wouldn't sub sriracha for the chili sauce, because the sriracha has a very distinctive taste, and it's a lot spicier.  

    Also, this is the first time I've ever seen anyone suggesting subbing for black pepper because it was too spicy.  Wouldn't have to do that around here.  In fact I've been adding heat by using some ghost pepper salt and habeñero salt that I got for Christmas lately.  Good stuff for adding heat without changing the flavor profile.  Just use it and reduce the amount of regular salt.
  18. schlotz

    schlotz Meat Mopper

    RP, I'm in your camp regarding the black pepper if it was just me,. BUT, to keep peace in the house sometimes its best to keep the wife happy[​IMG], ergo the white pepper [​IMG]
  19. matchew

    matchew Smoke Blower

    I've made this sauce two times according to the main ingredients (used 1 and 1/2 tsp of minced garlic instead of two cloves.) with adding a couple of the "possible additions",  cumin,  cayenne and onion powder and I must say I really like this sauce! The first time added 1/2 tsp cumin but added 1 tsp cumin  2nd time while adding 1/2 tsp cayenne and 1/2 tsp onion powder both times. I will mess around with amounts to see if it can get any!

    Something very savory with lots of depth.

    This will be a mainstay in my recipe file. Thanks schlotz for posting this.
  20. schlotz

    schlotz Meat Mopper

    Glad to hear you like it.  It's a favorite around here for sure :) 

    You might like a variation I put together called Bourbon Orange which I posted here as well.


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