Jen Causey
Active Time
20 MIN
Total Time
25 MIN
Serves : Makes 1 3/4 cups

You’ll never buy barbecue sauce again after you stir up this sophisticated twist. All the classic smoky characters show up the party—tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, and chili powder—but they get a tasty transformation courtesy of the just-burnt honey. Save your special farmers market honey for something else; honey from the classic plastic bear is perfectly fine for this recipe. Simmered until deep amber, it adds a rich caramel roundness to this spicy and vinegary sauce. Toss it with pulled pork or shredded chicken, or spoon it on your favorite burger for a summery upgrade.

How to Make It

Step 1    

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium until sizzling. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion has softened and garlic is just beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in cider, tomato paste, Worcestershire, chili powder, Dijon, lemon juice, vinegar, black pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil over high. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

Step 2    

Just before serving, bring honey to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium. Reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until honey is dark amber in color and smells like molasses, about 5 minutes. Carefully whisk into tomato paste mixture.

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