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Add a kick to your perfectly cooked meats and have your guests licking their fingers with delight.

Irish whiskey BBQ sauce and basting stock recipe

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Add a kick to your perfectly cooked meats and have your guests licking their fingers with delight.

Summer is here and everyone in Ireland has been pulling out their BBQs to take advantage of the sunny afternoons. I thought that I’d give you my special BBQ sauce and basting sauce recipes, which will help turn your Barbecue into something really special.

Both sauces can be used for beef, chicken, ribs, lamb, kebabs, burgers, sausages – everything really except fish (you can if you wish - but I wouldn't).

The first thing to note is that you should not coat your meat with your barbecue sauce until it is almost finished cooking. The reason for this is that the sugars and tomatoes in a BBQ Sauce will caramelize and burn on the outside of the meat, before it is actually cooked on the inside.

Instead you use a basting stock while it is cooking to keep it moist and add flavor. Use a 1” paintbrush to coat the basting sauce over the meat as it is cooking.

The Irish whiskey gives my BBQ Sauce a tasty wee "kick" and adds a depth to the sauce that your guests will really notice. When your food is cooked, brush the BBQ sauce over the meat and then give it another few minutes on the grill to glaze and finish the flavoring.

My basting sauce recipe:

50ml/ half cup Irish whiskey
500ml/ 1 pint apple juice
100ml/ 1 cup olive oil
50ml/ quarter cup malt vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon
1 Chicken stock cube
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tspn thyme
1 tspn rosemary
½ tspn paprika
½ tspn black pepper
½ tspn salt

Method:

Simply put everything in a pot and bring to the boil. Turn off the heat and let it cool completely before using it to moisten your meats as they cook.

My BBQ sauce recipe:

50ml/ quarter cup olive oil
1 medium onion
5 cloves garlic
1 red chilli (deseeded)
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 green pepper
2x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
50g/ 2 oz brown sugar
4 tbls honey
50ml/quarter cup soy sauce
300ml/ 2 cups tomato ketchup
100ml/ 1 cup brown sauce
1 tbls Treacle
1 tbls Sesame OIl
1 tbls Dijon mustard
1 tbls Worchester sauce
juice and zest of 1 lemon
juice and zest of 1 orange
1 tspn Tabasco sauce
½ tspn cracked black pepper
100ml/ 1 cup water
100ml/ 1 cup Irish whiskey

Method:

Chop all the vegetables roughly and put them into a large pot.

Add all the other ingredients. Bring everything to the boil.

Turn down the heat and simmer the sauce for 30 minutes.

Blitz the cooked sauce in a food processor and it's ready to use straight away or, if you have the time, put it in the fridge overnight to help the flavors develop.

Simply brush the sauce over your meat (when it is cooked to your liking) and give it another few minutes on the barbecue to let it add that shiny, crispy, tasty glaze that will have your guests licking their fingers with delight.

Both sauces can be used for beef, chicken, ribs, lamb, kebabs, burgers, sausages – everything really except fish (you can if you wish - but I wouldn't).

My BBQ Sauce is also excellent for rubbing on Chicken Wings for roasting in the oven.

Coat them well and cook, uncovered, in a pre-heated medium oven (around 150°C or 300°F) for about 25 minutes.

Finger Lickin' Good!

Both sauces can be made in advance and kept in the fridge for up to a week.

Enjoy!

For more from Zack see www.IrishFoodGuide.ie.

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