6 Booze-Infused Sauces
Savor the end of summer by taking your favorite pairings to the next level: Infuse your barbecue with booze. Boost a burger’s flavor with a slather of Bourbon ketchup, dunk drumsticks in wine-tinged sriracha sauce and give flank steak a pregrill soak in Cabernet and roasted garlic. These simple, saucy condiments will get you and your guests fired up for dinner.
—Kelly A. Magyarics
Sriracha proves it can play nice with big reds. The limited-edition jars from Jolene Collins’ JoJo’s Sriracha and Sonoma’s Ravenswood winery feature Zinfandel—with garlic, vinegar and a distinct earthiness—and Petite Sirah, which touts fruit and spice notes.
Best for: Mixing into deviled-egg filling; using as an accent for grilled, bone-in chicken; or as an addictive dip for chips and pretzels.
Derek Glicco, who created this ramped-up ketchup, added chilies and black pepper for spice, brown sugar and honey for sweetness and Kentucky Bourbon for booze. A little bit of lime zest and juice adds even more zing.
Best for: Spreading on a burger topped with fried onion straws; using as a dip for tater tots or French fries; or slathering on grilled pork tenderloin.
Buy it: At various specialty shops in Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee, or online at elbowfoods.com for $8 per bottle.
This modern take on the classic condiment is flavored with non-GMO soybeans, blended with pure Kentucky limestone spring water, sweetened with cane sorghum and mellowed for a year in used Bourbon barrels. And, since it contains no anchovies, it’s vegetarian, unlike its British cousin.
Best for: Marinatingflank steak along with shallots, garlic and rosemary; dousing on grilled Portobello mushroom sandwiches; or mixing into the dressing for grilled chicken Caesar salad.
Buy it: At bourbonbarrelfoods.com for $5.50 per bottle.
Pure agave Tequila adds fire and spirit to Kalahari Pepper Company’s hot sauce, a lost recipe that was rediscovered to the delight of heat-loving palates everywhere. It gets a kick from cayenne pepper,freshness from citrus juice, and delivers plenty of moxie without overpowering a dish.
Best for: Adding a few drops to chicken fajitas with grilled peppers and onions; dressing crispy fish tacos topped with slaw, scallions and cilantro; or garnishing a Bloody Maria.
Buy it: Online at cafetequila.com for $8 per bottle.
Toss that bottle of boring yellow mustard. This version from Lucero Olive Oil is sweet yet spicy, with the subtle flavor of Tequila. It’s squeeze-worthy on everything from sandwiches to soft pretzels.
Best for: Topping hot dogs with kimchi and Vidalia onions; rubbing on sausage kebabs with peppers and onions; or using as a dip for grilled kielbasa.
Buy it: Online at lucerooliveoil.com for $8 per jar.
Handcrafted in small batches, this all-natural, gluten-free California sauce is made by slow simmering Napa Cabernet vinegar, chipotle peppers and spices. The subtly smoldering barbecue topper works with everything from meat to seafood and veggies.
Best for: Brushing onto baby back ribs during the last few minutes of grilling; using as an alternative to cocktail sauce for chilled shrimp or crab legs; or garnishing a smoked brisket sandwich.
Buy it: At select Safeway supermarkets, or online at winecountrykitchens.com for $7 per bottle.
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