I make my own barbecue sauce and, if I do say so myself, it is really very good.
there are times that I like to mix things up a bit – like mebbe add some cherry jam and a bottle of soda; could be Cherry Coke (or Pepsi) – both work, just do not try this with diet or “zero” sodas – but for this small batch of zippy cherry barbecue sauce goodness, I went with a bottle of vintage (all sugar, no corn sweeteners added) Dr. Pepper – available at most markets.
And you know what?
Dr. Pepper is pretty darned good for more than just making a cake or three.
•1 cup barbecue sauce or ketchup
•12 oz Dr Pepper (or cherry cola)
•1/4 cup cherry jam
•1/2 cup brown sugar
•1 tsp mustard powder
•2 tsp Cajun Power Spicy Garlic Sauce*
*Or your fave hot sauce, to taste.
Whisk all of the ingredients together in a small (two quart) pot or medium heat.
Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring often, until the sauce has thickened nicely.
Remove from heat and allow to cool before transferring to a jar.
This will make about one pint of very nice barbecue sauce, which just so happens to work as well on corned beef as it does on salmon, so mebbe you should keep a jar on hand, no?