July 28, 2022
Spice up your summer with some sweet heat from this Concord Wine Barbecue Sauce. This sauce proves that one of Missouri’s sweetest grapes can pair well with a little spice. The toasted chili powder gives the finished sauce a kick.
Inspired by the Forager Chef’s Spicy Wild Grape BBQ, we think this sauce will work well on summer barbecue staples from wings to pork steaks, and of course a backyard burger. We paired our Concord Wine Barbecue Sauce topped burger with sharp cheddar cheese and a glass of Concord wine.
2 c Missouri Concord wine
2 tbsp chili powder
3 tbsp corn starch
½ c brown sugar
3 tbsp honey
1 tsp molasses
1 ½ tsp salt
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp fresh-cracked black pepper
1 tbsp ground mustard
4 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp ginger
Cook Time: 30 minutes | Yield: 2 cups
- Toast the chili powder until it becomes aromatic. Set aside to cool.
- Pour 1 ¾ cup of Missouri Concord wine into a medium sauce pan and heat over medium heat.
- Combine the remaining ¼ cup of wine with the 3 tablespoons of corn starch to create a thickening slurry. Add the thickening slurry to the wine in the saucepan.
- Stir until the cornstarch solution combines with the wine. Then add the honey, molasses and brown sugar.
- Continue to stir over medium heat until the liquid comes to a simmer, the cloudiness dissolves and the sauce starts to thicken.
- When the sauce approaches the desired consistency, add the remaining spices and seasonings — chili powder, salt, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, ground mustard, garlic and ginger. Stir to combine.
- Let the sauce simmer for a couple minutes to meld the flavors together.
- Remove from the heat and enjoy.
- Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to a couple of weeks.
Let us know when you give this unique BBQ sauce a try and tag us at #missouriwine and @missouriwine.