I know this isn't a great picture, but I made this for houseguests and therefore didn't take the time to get a pretty picture of it. But I really wanted to share it with you now while peaches are in season. This would make a great addition to your Labor Day picnic. It's adapted from Vanilla Garlic.
Bourbon Peach Barbecue Sauce
¼ cup canola oil
½ large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 lbs. fresh peaches, peeled, pitted, and chopped
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup bourbon
½ cup Worcestershire sauce
¼ cup tomato paste
1 tbsp chili powder
½ tsp chipotle chili powder
½ tsp liquid smoke
Salt, to taste
Water to thin, if necessary
In a large saucepan heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the onion and let cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the peaches, vinegar, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and puree using an immersion blender. (If you don’t have one, let the mixture cool and puree in batches in a regular blender.) Add the bourbon, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, chipotle powder, and liquid smoke. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and reduce to medium. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring often. Taste for seasoning, adding salt if necessary. If it seems too thick, add a little water to thin it out.
Sauce can be used immediately or refrigerated until needed.
If you would like to can this sauce: Ladle into hot jars leaving ¼” of headspace. Secure with hot, clean lids. Process in a water bath for 15 minutes. Sealed jars can be stored in a dark, cool place for a year. Opened jars keep in the fridge for 2 weeks.
Makes 4-5 cups of sauce.
I didn't do the canning step, so I can't comment on that. I tossed the sauce with shredded chicken for bbq pulled chicken sandwiches. It was really good. A little on the sweet side, so if you like things hot, increase the chipotle powder. I was cooking for kids so I didn't get too crazy with it.
Don't fret if you have no interest in buying a large bottle of bourbon just to use 1/4 cup here. I didn't either. Go to your local liquor store and ask them if they have any tiny bottles. I got two 1/4 cup bottles for about $3. Can't beat that! The original recipe called for adding the bourbon before cooking down the sauce, and I felt like I couldn't taste it at all. So I amended it to be added after it cooks down. A quarter of a cup of bourbon in 4-5 cups of sauce isn't going to get anybody drunk.
Making your own barbecue sauce is really easy and it's a great way to "spruce" up your picnic fare. Some other homemade barbecue sauce recipes you might be interested in:
Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce
Traditional Homemade Barbecue Sauce
Mango Barbecue Sauce