Peculiar Apple Butter BBQ Sauce

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by smokyokie, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. smokyokie

    smokyokie Smoking Fanatic

    During a recent visit Peculiar Mike pondered making a Q sauce based on his outta site home made apple butter. We had the time and the kitchen, but non of the wunnerful apple butter. Well, you'll never guess what showed up on my doorstep last night from the mailman, 2 qts. of the delicious stuff.

    Aftersampling about half a jar with a spoon to make sure it was good stuff[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] , I went to work in the laborotory and came up with what IMHO is some of the best sauce I've ever tasted. Here's the recipe, but let me caution anyone who tries, the apple butter isn't what you get in the store. If you want to sub in store bought stuff, you'll nee to sweeten if and add some cinnamon.

    So without further ado:

    1C Apple Butter
    1 1/2C Ketchup
    3/4C Vinegar
    1/4C dehydrated onion flakes (would equal about 1C freshminced)
    1/4C Yellow Mustard
    1 1/2tsp Coarse Ground Black Pepper
    1/2C h2o
    2Tbs Tamari Soy Sauce
    1Tbs L&PWS
    1/2tsp Wright's Liquid Smoke
    3 Tbs butter (not margarine)
    1 1/2oz Brandy

    Combine all but the butter, liq. smoke and brandy and simmer 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Be careful, with all the fruit sugar, it wants to scorch easily.

    Stir in butter liquid smoke and brandy and allow to steep off the heat for 1 hour. It's good fresh off the stove, but the flavors mature after sitting awhile.

    I hope a few of you give it a try and can make use of the recipe.


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  2. smokincowboy

    smokincowboy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Sounds great. I will add it to my recipes to try. Thanks
  3. vlap

    vlap Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sounds very interesting... I might just have to give it a try!
  4. pigcicles

    pigcicles Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I don't use a lot of BBQ sauces, but I'm gonna give this one a try. Gotta love it when a mad scientist gets in the laboratory (kitchen). Wish I could make it to the Apple Butter days at Mike's place.
  5. peculiarmike

    peculiarmike Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    We are cookin' apple butter the first weekend in October, IF we can find 10-12 bushels of Jonathan apples. The Easter freeze and the ice storm down in the Ozarks killed the apple crop (and peaches, and anything else that bloomed then).
    We cook a 30 gallon copper kettle full. Takes 2 days of prep & cooking, and a lot of stirring. We start EARLY (0-dark:30) and end LATE. 121 pints and 10 quarts last fall. Anyone who stirs gets apple butter. I always smoke a couple butts and make pulled pork. And we have fatty breakfast burritos for breakfast.
    There IS a good bit of smoke from the open fire under the kettle. [​IMG]
  6. vlap

    vlap Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    bet thats an enjoyable day... maybe a little tiring but well worth it...
  7. peculiarmike

    peculiarmike Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It's a lot of fun. Family, friends, good eats, oh yeah babe! [​IMG]
  8. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    My Momma makes a pretty mean pear butter. I'll have to swipe a quart and see what that tastes like in a sauce. Thanks for sharing!
  9. peculiarmike

    peculiarmike Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Pear butter is really good and should work fine. Let us know how it works out, in great detail.
  10. tonto1117

    tonto1117 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks for the recipe Tim.....I happen to be one of the extremley fortunate folks that have a unopened jar of Mike and Janes Apple Butter.....[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  11. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Mike, can you share your Apple Butter recipe (or a cut down version of it)? Our Jonathan apples are ready for picking.

  12. placebo

    placebo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Mike, that looks like a downright good time! Just looking at those pics makes me wish I was a part of it. Looks like you guys do things right![​IMG]
  13. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks for recipe Tim, that sounds awesome!!!
  14. smokyokie

    smokyokie Smoking Fanatic

    Wait til it sits in the icebox for 4 or 5 days. It just seems to get better with age.
  15. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Sounds awsome Tim! I'll give it a shot.
  16. Gotta love apple butter...I'm game...I'll give it a try. Thanks dude!
  17. smokyokie

    smokyokie Smoking Fanatic

    If you buy commercial AB, you'll need to adjust the sugarx about 1/2 and add a touch of cinnamon oil. If you ever tasted Mike's AB, you'd understand. I don't even like apple butter, but I could eat his by the spoonful.
  18. shellbellc

    shellbellc Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'd like to have your recipe Mike! I want to try this sometime this fall. We have a lot of orchards around here where we can get fresh apple butter, sauce, and cider, but I'd like to try my own. My mom makes some of the best home made apple sauce from granny smith apples. I have an amish apple butter recipe I was going to use, but I'd like to try Mike's!

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