Rich and tangy tomato-based sauces like this one are usually associated with the Kansas City style of barbecuing, which has a touch of sweetness and heat. Our version uses tomato sauce as a base, then adds bourbon, dark brown sugar, molasses (for sweetness), and chili powder (for a little bit of heat). After about 30 minutes of simmering on the stove, this tasty homemade sauce is ready to brush on chicken while it cooks on the grill. Serve it at your next backyard barbecue with classic fixin’s like coleslaw or macaroni salad.
Special equipment: You’ll need a pastry brush or barbecue basting brush for this recipe.
Game plan: The sauce can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Let it come to room temperature before using.