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A Sweet, Sticky, Spicy Bourbon Glaze adds a unique sweet-salty-savory ‘Umami’ component to grilled meats and fish and shellfish that will WOW you into adding it to your arsenal of recipes. This is a killer bourbon sauce for chicken, too!
Crazy-delicious Bourbon Glaze is just that – a crazy-delicious, sweet, sticky, mildly spicy glaze for just about anything and everything.
It is super fantastic as a bourbon glaze for chicken and for fish.
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I recently swapped out my favorite barbecue sauce for this glaze and basted my Oven Baked Deep South Barbecue Ribs until the glaze became viscous. Those ribs were MEAN and AMAZING! And imagine my surprise when a reader recently reached out to tell me about their success swapping out raspberry jam for this bourbon glaze in my Crostini with Brie, Coppa and Raspberry I know!
With the hot temperatures outside, I’ve been reluctant to spend time outside, on the deck in front of a 500 degree grill, and almost as reluctant to turn the oven on inside for any meal that may take longer than 15 to 20 minutes to prepare.
And besides the hot, hot temperatures, it’s summer. My time is better spent with a cocktail in hand, poolside than with an apron on. I want ‘dinner party quality, with everyday easy’ dishes that look beautiful and taste AMAZING. A Sweet, Sticky, Spicy Bourbon Glaze is my go-to fabulous finishing sauce for…well, everything.
The big deal with a bourbon glaze for chicken or fish is the super short cooking time – only about 15 minutes on the stove-top. Now, that makes things a whole lot easier…
The bourbon simmers with light brown sugar and other ingredients until reduces into a sweet sticky syrupy glaze. The glaze is removed from the heat and is ready to use in about 20 minutes after having time to thicken up. Because of this, you can make the bourbon glaze in advance for a truly quick meal.
It stores refrigerated and can be brought to room temperature before to serving. It adds a unique sweet-salty-savory ‘Umami’ component to grilled meats and vegetables that will wow you into adding it to your arsenal of recipes. And it’s a SERIOUS bourbon sauce for chicken.
Sweet, Sticky, Spicy Bourbon Glaze is what takes everyday proteins such as salmon and chicken and even a spiral baked ham from ordinary to extraordinary.
Can I make A Sweet, Sticky, Spicy Bourbon Glaze in advance?
ABSOLUTELY! This sauce may be prepared several hours in advance in fact. This is especially helpful if you will be preparing for a dinner party and will need additional time to prep other dishes.
When finished cooking, simply transfer the cooled glaze to a covered jar or sauce boat and store it at room temperature until you are ready to use it. If refrigerating for use another day, bring to room temperature before using.
What are some tips for making Bourbon sauce or Bourbon glaze?
- This sauce makes for a stunning presentation; save aside about half for drizzling atop your dish just before serving.
- Begin by using ONLY 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes. Additional may be added after tasting depending on the level of heat you want to achieve.
- If you have prepared this sauce ahead and it appears too thick when time to use, just reheat gently with a teaspoon at a time of water and a whisk. You are looking to achieve that same syrupy consistency you got during the initial cook.
Any kind of glaze or sauce used to enhance a protein or vegetable should check off boxes in several categories without ‘over-doing’ it. For example, you probably wouldn’t put BBQ sauce on cooked carrots. BBQ sauce is delicious yes, but works best on grilled meats like chicken and ribs where fats and collagens broken down in the cooking process work with sugar in the BBQ sauce to develop that sought after deep and crusty ‘bark’ we all know and love. And for those same chicken and ribs, a drizzle of honey that by itself and would surely make the carrots shine, mightn’t be enough to intensify the richness and splendor of grilled or smoked meats. A Sweet, Sticky, Spicy Bourbon Glaze lends flavor to more than one foodstuff.
A Sweet, Sticky, Spicy Bourbon Glaze imparts an imperial and umami flavor profile BEAUTIFULLY to practically all vegetables, grilled meats, fish, and poultry. It’s THE BEST singular sauce or glaze for everything. How? The breakdown of sugars in the bourbon and aromatics react with mustard to add tanginess, red pepper flakes or cayenne for balancing heat, and Worcestershire to bolster the other ingredients, creating a “flavor harmony.” What is created is a glaze that is not too spicy, not too sweet, and not too tangy, rather something just about right according to the human palate. Right for every vegetable and right for every protein.
A Sweet, Sticky, Spicy Bourbon Glaze
- ¾ cup Bourbon
- ⅔ cup light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard or whole grain Dijon mustard
- 1 ½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon **crushed red pepper flakes **see note above
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the bourbon, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, honey, Dijon mustard, ginger, vinegar, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, and 1 teaspoon Kosher salt.
- Simmer the mixture, whisking frequently until the sugar has dissolved.
- Continue to gently simmer the glaze, without whisking, until it has reduced by half, 12 to 15 minutes.
- Cool for at least 15 minutes before using. Sauce will thicken upon standing.
The nutrition value can vary depending on what product(s) you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use a calorie counter you are familiar with.
Please note that table salt and iodized salt are NOT substitutions for Kosher salt. Do not deviate unless otherwise specified.