Originally Posted by RayB
Just found this on the internet for making my own sauce, anyone have any suggestions? I have never attempted making my own sauce and wanted to find a base sauce that I can experiment with. Would this be a good starter? What options do I have? What else could I use besides ketchup?
2 cups tomato ketchup
1/2 cup frozen apple juice concentrate
1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot
1/2 cup bourbon whiskey
1/4 cup molasses
2 Tbsp soy sauce
Salt and pepper
Mix all together and simmer untill reduced to about 2 cups
That sauce is going to be really thick if you reduce almost 4 cups of ingredients down to 2. I would certainly change the soy to Worcestershire sauce, I also think you should consider decreasing the bourbon to a tablespoon or two, tops. You want the flavor of the whiskey, not a ketchup cocktail. My preference would be to also decrease the Franks to 1/4 cup and add 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. Add Chef JimmyJ's garlic and onion for sure.
IMHO if you are making a tomato based sauce you will always get better results by starting with ketchup. If you start from scratch with tomato sauce and paste that the first thing you must do to make BBQ sauce is >>> make ketchup. It's much easier and less expensive to buy a bottle of ketchup for a buck and cut out the extra work.