Honey Smoke Rum BBQ Sauce Recipe
My pops always says, "good bbq don't need no sauce". And well, he's not wrong.
Especially with Station 1923 in the mix.
But every once in a while, you want some ribs, chicken, or even a burger sopped up with a sweet, tangy, savory sauce. And that's exactly what we created here!
This easy Honey Smoke Rum BBQ Sauce is everything you want in an amazing dippin' and soppin' sauce, and it's made with ingredients you probably already have. Where traditional BBQ sauce recipes would call for several dry herbs and spices, we got everything and then some with our Honey Smoke All-Purpose Rub.
Honey Smoke brings that little kick and just a hint of smokiness — and it sets this sauce off perfectly. Not to mention, this sauce recipe is gluten and preservative free.
Trust me, you'll be licking every single finger with this one. Just check out these Honey Smoke Grilled Ribs for example:
Things You'll Need
- Medium to large sauce pan
- Measuring utensils
- Bowl or empty sauce bottle
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup dark rum
- 1.5 cups* pineapple juice
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons Honey Smoke All-Purpose Rub
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger (fresh or dry)
Told you that you had everything! Now let's get started.
Note: If you prefer a thicker sauce, reduce the pineapple juice by 1 cup and substitute in 3-4 pineapple rings.
Step 1: Combine Wet Ingredients
In your sauce pan over a medium low flame, add your wet ingredients together. That means grab the ketchup, apple cider vinegar, rum, pineapple juice, honey, and mustard — and throw 'em in the pot.
Stir gently until combined.
Step 2: Add Dry Ingredients
Next, add your brown sugar, Honey Smoke Rub, and ginger. Stir until fully incorporated. Make sure the brown sugar dissolves completely. If you're using pineapple rings, add those in, too.
Step 3: Simmer
Reduce heat and let your sauce simmer for 20-30 minutes (or longer). This will allow your flavors to infuse, some water to evaporate, and (most of) the alcohol to cook off.
Just be sure to keep an eye on it and stir every few minutes. Contrary to what your mom might've told you, this watched pot does boil — and it can easily boil over if you're not paying attention.
Once the sauce is done, allow it to cool and transfer to a glass sauce bottle or bowl.
Whatever sauce we don't use up within a week's time, we transfer to a Ziplock bag or container and freeze.
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