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Caramel Espresso Barbecue Sauce

For July 4th I smoked pounds and pounds of meat for company, we also made this home made barbecue sauce based on Michael Chiarello’s Espresso barbecue sauce found here, the following barbecue sauce adds a caramel twist that we found delicious.

Espresso Barbecue Sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons mashed and minced garlic
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup caramel sauce (we made ours ahead of time, you may try some store bought)
  • Grey salt
  • 2 demitasse cups espresso (or about 1/2 cup of strong coffee or instant espresso)

Fresh ground black pepper

Mash garlic with the side of a knife and then mince finely to release oils.

Add olive oil to a preheated saute pan. Add the garlic and saute until it gets light brown, about 1 minute. Add cider vinegar, soy sauce, ketchup, and honey and stir well. Add a pinch of grey salt, then whisk in the coffee. Add freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 10 minutes.

Let cool and store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Yield: about 5 to 6 cups

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