Recipe courtesy of Folk Art Restaurant

Date "Bourbon" BBQ Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 1 quart
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1/2 cup diced dried dates

1/4 cup cumin powder 

1/4 cup bourbon, optional

2 tablespoons minced garlic 

2 tablespoons sugar 

2 tablespoons seasoned rice wine vinegar

1 teaspoon chile flakes 

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

2 diced dried guajillo peppers with seeds 


  1. Put the dates, cumin, bourbon if using, garlic, sugar, rice wine vinegar, chile flakes, salt, guajillo peppers and 2 cups water in a medium pot, place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook until the dates are soft, another 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.
  2. Scrape the cooled mixture into a blender and blend on low speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Use immediately, or let the mixture cool completely and refrigerate. The mixture should be good for 1 to 2 weeks.