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Essential Red BBQ Sauce


  • 2 yellow onions, diced ¼”
  • 1 red pepper, diced ¼”
  • 1 bottle Bogle Essential Red
  • 1 cup orange juice (full pulp)
  • 1 cup beer
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. hot sauce
  • ½ cup cider vinegar
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 2 T. honey mustard
  • 1½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 T. butter
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  • Heat a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions, butter and pinch of salt and caramelize for 20 minutes, until deeply brown and sweet.
  • Reduce heat slightly. Add the red pepper and sauté with the onions for another 10 minutes. Watch carefully to avoid scorching.
  • Add the bottle of Essential Red. (Minus one glass to enjoy while you cook!)
  • Reduce at a low simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add the orange juice and reduce for another 20 minutes.
  • Add the beer and reduce for 10 minutes.
  • Add your Worcestershire, hot sauce, vinegar, apple juice, honey, garlic, mustard and a couple teaspoons of ground pepper. Simmer 20 minutes. (Keep all ingredients on hand to tweak with later.)
  • Add the brown sugar and ketchup and simmer for 10 more minutes. Start tasting!
  • Taste and adjust: Too sweet, add vinegar, a touch of salt.
  • Too sour, add more brown sugar or honey.
  • Needs body, add ketchup.
  • Too thick, thin with juice.
  • Go low and slow…the longer it simmers, the more concentrated the flavors!

Recipe Notes

Nothing tastes like a rich, thick homemade barbecue sauce. We make ours with Essential Red, bringing out the juicy, tangy notes of the wine, which pairs so well with just about everything!) (Makes 6 servings.)

Suggested Wine Pairing

Brush on chicken or ribs while grilling, allowing the sauce to caramelize. Mix with pulled pork to create a deliciously messy sandwich. Use as a dipping sauce for roasted potatoes or veggies. Layer on flatbread with cheese and cilantro to make a unique pizza appetizer. The possibilities are limitless…

Pairs great with a glass of Bogle Essential Red.

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