This sauce began as a dare to top an ex-boyfriend's father's locally famous sauce. Something magical happens when it hits the grill! Don't forget to add to the ribs in the last 5 to 10 minutes of cooking, or else the high sugar content will scorch. Don't let the strong smell of vinegar scare you while cooking; the flavor of the sauce after cooking does not reflect the scent that fills the kitchen while cooking.

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat, and cook and stir the poblano pepper and onion for 6 to 8 minutes, until the onion is translucent.

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  • Stir in the honey, molasses, brown sugar, tomato paste, vinegar, Marsala wine, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, smoke flavoring, salt and pepper, and whisk until smooth. Bring the sauce to a boil over medium-low heat, reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thick.

  • Store refrigerated.

Nutrition Facts

104.3 calories; 0.9 g protein; 17.4 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 140.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2009
Hello all! I just wanted to share that in the spirit of continuous improvement recently discovered that the flavor is MUCH better using Yukon Jack canadian whiskey instead of the marsala. Sorry about giving myself 5 stars but had to place a rating to leave this note!:) Also wanted to say please do substitute where you want or need! Often I'm forced to use jalepenos because it's hard to find exotic peppers in cincinnati ohio. If you find something works better please share! I'm constantly subbing out things in other's recipes and love to hear what works for you. Thank you for trying my recipe!! XOXO Noelle Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/04/2010
While the original recipe was good (4 star) I redid the recipe with the whiskey Noellethediva stated was better it was a definate NOT! Personally I use organic wines and foods and make most things are prepared from scratch which in its original version was rich and robust with flavor this version did the recipe no justice. Sorry I had to give your recipe a low score this round. YUKKKKK!!!!!!! Read More
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  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2009
Hello all! I just wanted to share that in the spirit of continuous improvement recently discovered that the flavor is MUCH better using Yukon Jack canadian whiskey instead of the marsala. Sorry about giving myself 5 stars but had to place a rating to leave this note!:) Also wanted to say please do substitute where you want or need! Often I'm forced to use jalepenos because it's hard to find exotic peppers in cincinnati ohio. If you find something works better please share! I'm constantly subbing out things in other's recipes and love to hear what works for you. Thank you for trying my recipe!! XOXO Noelle Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2009
I used this as a guide as I had to make tons of substitutions with what I had on hand...I loved how it turned out though! I cut back on the sugar used no honey and as I didn't have molasses I tried adding a bit of unsweetened chocolate for the dark flavor. I used a roasted jalapeno instead of a poblano regular cooking white wine for marsala white and red wine vinegar instead of cider vinegar plus a little chipotle with adobo for the smoky flavor...LOL it was a great guide for a fun BBQ sauce! And I was happy it didn't call for Ketchup (my apologies for making so many changes...I just didn't want to go to the store!) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/14/2013
I agree that it is nice to have a bbq suce that does not require ketchup. This is a good stand alone sauce but has me wondering what I can do to satisfy whatever it is I think I'm missing. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/04/2010
While the original recipe was good (4 star) I redid the recipe with the whiskey Noellethediva stated was better it was a definate NOT! Personally I use organic wines and foods and make most things are prepared from scratch which in its original version was rich and robust with flavor this version did the recipe no justice. Sorry I had to give your recipe a low score this round. YUKKKKK!!!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2014
This sauce is wonderful...the only modifications I made were to omit the whiskey molasses & liquid smoke. I also added an extra tbsp. or 2 of the honey. My son loves this sauce and would drink it if I would let him! Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2010
Fantastic. Nice to not have a sauce recipe asking for Ketchup. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/07/2014
I was really looking forward to this sauce after seeing the ingredients. So many deep rich flavors but it didn't come out as well as I was hoping. I needed something to smooth it out and make the flavors pop. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2017
I loved the addition of poblano pepper in this! This reminded me of a Kansas City style sauce and I enjoyed it seeing how that is my favorite style of BBQ sauce. It was a little bit too sweet for me so I'll just cut back on the brown sugar the next time I make it. Thanks for sharing! Read More