Use that leftover glass of red wine to make an incredible barbecue sauce.

bbqsauceblogpostThe secret to great-tasting barbecue sauce isn’t sugar—though that’s what a glance at the options on the supermarket shelf would lead you to believe. The best barbecue sauces have that same balance of tangy acidity and savory and fruity flavors that also makes wine taste great. Next time you’re grilling ribs, burgers or a couple of chicken breasts, try slathering on this delicious sauce. It’s easy to make and far superior to any store-bought sauce—and, of course, be sure to serve some red wine with dinner!

Blue Apron’s Red Wine Barbecue Sauce
(Recipe makes approximately ⅔ cup, enough to coat 2 chicken breasts.)


    • ⅓ cup full-bodied red wine
    • ⅓ cup ketchup
    • 1 tablespoon molasses
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


Place a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk together all the ingredients in the pan until smooth; season with freshly ground pepper. Continue cooking on medium-high, whisking occasionally, until simmering. Reduce the heat to low and cook, whisking occasionally for 4 to 5 minutes or until the sauce is slightly thickened. Transfer the sauce to a bowl or other container to cool.

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