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Blue Ribbon BBQ Sauce

This is a great BBQ sauce!  Hot, sweet and savory, all at the same time.


2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small shallot fine diced
3 garlic cloves minced
½ red bell pepper fine diced
1½ cups ketchup
¼ cup apple juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 tablespoon Louisiana Hot Sauce
½ tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
½ tablespoon sweet Hungarian paprika
½ teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon liquid smoke
¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
½ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup honey
½ cup cherry preserves


Heat vegetable oil on low in a medium sauce pan until it just begins to shimmer. Add shallots, garlic and bell pepper and cook until tender (about 10 minutes), stirring frequently. Add all but the last three ingredients and bring to a low boil.  Lower heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat and stir in the sugar, honey and preserves.  Mix with a plunge blender until sauce is silky smooth.  Can be used immediately or stored for up to one month in the refrigerator.

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