Adam Gertler's BBQ Sauce

Aired July 2, 2008

Serves 6 to 8 cups
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 cup finely minced yellow onion
2 tablespoons finely minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 tablespoon dried thyme
3/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground clove
1 tablespoon BBQ rub
1/4 cup Creole mustard
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons unsulfured molasses
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons liquid smoke, optional
2 cups tomato sauce
4 cups ketchup

Heat oil in a 1-gallon saucepan over medium heat. Sweat onions until translucent, about 5-10 minutes. Add garlic and sweat 1 more minute. Add dry spices and BBQ rub; stir. Cook until spices become fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add remaining ingredients and simmer slowly for 20 minutes.

Using an immersion blender, puree sauce until smooth.

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