Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bacon Hot Sauce - BBQ Chicken

Oink - Oink -Sizzle - Oink... The package showed up last night and I was so excited to check it out.  If you are a fan of bacon and hot sauce, this sauce is a dream come true. 

Nice one DK, this was a great find!

Think about it?  Smokey bacon and hot sauce, married together in a convenient package without the fat. Which is stated and sold as Vegetarian, Vegan and Kosher.  Brilliant!  Not that I’m concerned about the V, V and K as much as I’m amazed at the flavor and versatility.

My first attempt at testing out this new find was with my breakfast.   I was feeling a bit porky and drizzled some bacon hot sauce on my ham and eggs.  Damn good choice!  Then for lunch, I splashed some in my leftover vegetable beef soup that I made for dinner last night and “Wow”, instant and unexpected slow cooked ham bone flavor in the background of my beef soup, with a hint of spice. Yowzah!  

Ok, I was moving in the right direction…  That’s when I decided that I had to do something with the bacon hot sauce for dinner!
It's no surprise to those who know me that I had a whole chicken in the fridge that was brined and spatchcocked (butterflied) and ready to be cooked (long story...).  I had planned to herb roast it for dinner and at the last moment decided to change it up, because I had to, there was bacon hot sauce in the house.  So, I stirred up a batch of bbq sauce focusing on the qualities of the bacon hot sauce, and came up with a surprisingly delicious creation.  This crazy bacon hot sauce plays tricks on the mind... and it is exactly what its name states, bacon flavored hot sauce, that turned a simple mixture of pantry ingredients into a thick savory bbq sauce and glaze without the use of heat.

To my surprise my bacon-less bbq sauce, tasted like bacon.  No, it wasn't as good as bbq sauce that was actually cooked with bacon, but it was pretty dang good.  Bacon hot sauce rocks and I look forward to playing with it more.

This is what I did with the bacon-less - bbq bacon hot sauce…
I placed my spatchcocked chicken on a foil lined sheet pan, I used a whole split chicken, but parts would work well also.  If you use breast, cut the cooking time by 10 minutes.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Drain fat from pan. 
 Pour about ½ cup bbq sauce over chicken and place back in the oven for 30 - 40 minutes or until the chicken is cooked and sauce has caramelized.
  Serve extra sauce on the side.

DK’s BBQ Bacon Hot Sauce
1              cup         ketchup
2              Tbsp.     brown sugar, packed
2              Tbsp.     molasses
2              Tbsp.     cider vinegar
3              Tbsp.     bacon hot sauce
1              Tbsp.     yellow mustard
1              Tbsp.     Worcestershire sauce
1              clove     garlic, minced

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix.  Then use your imagination…