Kowalski's perfect BBQ sauces made from scratch

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Summer is nearly here and BBQ season is in full swing.

Chef Rachael Perron from Kowalski's Markets is here to show us how easy it is to make BBQ sauce from scratch and sharing tips on adjusting the flavor and texture to your exact preferences -- ensuring your perfect sauce.

PEACH BBQ SAUCE

1 tbsp. Kowalski's Extra Virgin Olive Oil
½ cup onion
1 tbsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 ½ cups peach juice
½ cup peach preserves
½ cup ketchup
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. honey
2 tsp. fresh squeezed lime juice
- dash cinnamon

In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook onion, garlic, ginger and pepper flakes in oil until onion is soft (about 10 min.). Add juice. Cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened (about 10 min.). Add remaining ingredients; reduce heat to medium-low. Cook until reduced to about 1 ¾ cups (about 10 min.). May be refrigerated, covered, up to 1 week. Makes about 1 ¾ cups.

Note:
This recipe produces a traditional medium-thick sauce that is sweet and fruity with a very mild heat.
Try experimenting with other juices and complimentary preserves, if desired.

MANGO HONEY MUSTARD BBQ SAUCE
1 tbsp. Kowalski's Extra Virgin Olive Oil
¼ cup yellow onion
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 tsp. fresh minced ginger
1 ½ cups pure mango juice
3 tbsp. fresh lime juice
? cup Kowalski's Pure Honey
3 tbsp. yellow mustard
1 tsp. chili powder, or more to taste
- kosher salt and freshly ground Kowalski's Black Peppercorns, to taste
In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook onion, garlic and ginger in oil until onion is soft (about 10 min.). Add mango and lime juice. Cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced to about 1 cup (about 15 min.). Add remaining ingredients. May be refrigerated, covered, up to 1 week. Makes about 1 ½ cups.
Note:
This mustard-based recipe produces a loose, glaze-like sauce that is tart-sweet with a very mild heat. Cook it a little more to thicken it, if desired.

BOURBON PINEAPPLE BBQ SAUCE
1 cup brown sugar
¾ cup bourbon
¾ cup pineapple juice
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. paprika
2 tsp. finely minced garlic
2 tsp. chipotle chiles in adobo, finely minced
2 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. ketchup
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine first seven ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low. Cook until reduced to about 1 cup. Stir in honey, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. Cook until desired consistency is reached (5-10 min more). Makes about 1 ¼ cups.
Note: 
This recipe produces a thinner, sticky, glaze-like sauce that is very sweet with a moderate heat in the finish. Cook it a little more to thicken it, if desired.

cooking tips:

Thin a homemade recipe with a little extra liquid - use whatever is called for in the recipe as a guide (juices, beer, vinegar and even just water work great.) Thicken it by using a bit less liquid or cooking it just a bit longer.

Amp up the heat with things like black pepper, crushed red pepper, hot sauce, Sriracha and chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.

If you like your sauce sweeter, add more brown sugar, honey, molasses, maple syrup or fruit juice, etc. and cut back on any spicy elements to allow the sweeter notes to shine.
Use sauce towards the end of the cooking process to prevent burning.

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