Homemade Barbecue Sauce with Coffee

Grilled chicken and steak are a great way to avoid heating up my kitchen this summer.  Quick sauces and glazes brushed on near the end of cooking can add flavor and variety without adding a lot of work.  I keep purchased barbecue sauce in my pantry, but occasionally I love going back to a homemade barbecue sauce I have been concocting for over forty years!  Coffee is the basic ingredient – surprise!  It not only adds a rich depth of flavor, but has a tenderizing  effect as well.  I even use leftover coffee in making pot roast, but that is another story and another post!  Stir this sauce together and simmer briefly, and sop it on after chicken breasts or beef is almost finished cooking.  It keeps well in the refrigerator, and is good to add to leftover pulled pork or chicken for sandwiches. If your family likes some heat in their barbecue, add a couple of sliced jalapenos or a dash of Tabasco!

1 cup  ketchup
1 cup brewed coffee
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
1 1/2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce

Combine ketchup, coffee, brown sugar, onion, garlic, and chili powder in a saucepan; bring to a boil, simmer 10 minutes until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in pepper, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce.

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