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Tennessee Whiskey Sauce

First and foremost be careful when making this as it is very easy to catch fire. Keep a pot lid handy to put it out.

1 Bottle Of Whiskey (yes you will need a full bottle)
1 Cup of Ketchup
1/2 Cup Cider Vinegar
1 large onion
2 cloves of garlic
2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
3 - 4 Tbsp Cup dark Molasses
some cooking oil
few drops mesquite liquid smoke (I like Stubs brand but any will work)
Red pepper flakes

1) First things first grab the bottle of Whiskey and Sample it to make sure that it is up to your standards.

2) add 1 cup of whiskey to the sauce pan and bring to a boil, reduce the liquid in the pan till there is only about 2 tbsp left Try not to let this catch fire (you lose some of the flavor, but it does make you look bad ass in the kitchen)

3) once you have reduced the whiskey add 1/2 a cup of chopped onions and the garlic with a small bit of oil, all you want to do is sweat the onions abit to get them to release there flavor
(if you leave the onions and garlic in larger pieces it makes fishing them our later easy or you and leave them in for texture),

4) re-test the Whiskey to make sure it hasn't gone bad.

5) de-glaze the pan with another cup of whiskey.

6) once you get all the lil tidbits off the bottom of the pan add all the remaining ingredients and simmer for about 30 min - an hour. or until the sauce gets a nice consistency and the flavors have melded well. speaking of consistency you may at this point need to check the whiskey again.

7) remove from heat, cool and place in a container to store in the fridge. or use right away. drink the remaining whiskey

you can chose to leave in the onions and garlic or take them out, i have noticed that most kids dont like the onions in the sauce but i am a big fan of the bits that get caramelized when cooked onto the meat.

This Sauce does very well cooked into the meat and is even better the longer you let it set up.

by boiling down the whiskey in the beginning you are removing the alcohol and other liquids and leaving behind all that wonderful wood smoke flavor that is in the whiskey.

If you go to taste your sauce and it has an off taste you will want to simmer a little longer, the alcohol gives it an off taste until you simmer it all out.
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