A sweet and spicy marinade – Just for you Jonathan


1 Can (15oz) Tomato Sauce

½ Cup Jack Daniels Whisky

½ Cup Del Oliva Modena Balsamic Vinegar

½ Cup Honey

1 ½ Cup Dark Brown Sugar

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

3 Tablespoon spicy brown Mustard

2 teaspoon Bff Kitchen black pepper

1 Tablespoon Bff Kitchen smoked paprika

1 Tablespoon Bff Kitchen granulated garlic

1 Tablespoon Bff Kitchen Parsley 

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon Bff Kitchen Italian seasoning

1 Pinch of Bff Kitchen Crushed Chili flakes*


Mix all together in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil stirring constantly.  Here you are cooking to melt the sugar and cook the alcohol out of the Jack Daniels, resulting in a smoother consistency. I check to see if the sauce is coating the spoon when I stop stirring as an indicator the marinade is ready. If you are looking for a BBQ sauce, continue cooking for a thicker consistency. I prefer a thinner marinade to let the meat roll around with and make friends with.

Do I realize you can use ketchup for this recipe? Yes, I do, but if you compare the cost of ketchup and the fact it has added ingredients, I know you will want to use the tomato sauce.  Tomato sauce does not have corn syrup or anything modified. I have made this recipe with ketchup producing a sweeter marinade, which, while it might please some, there are still all the unwanted added ingredients of ketchup to consider.

This marinade is excellent with chicken, whether baking or grilling.  I have used leftover tri-tip or London broil to make BBQ beef sandwiches.  I will post my recipe for them, always kick things up a notch to live your most tasteful life!

  • Yo can use more crushed chili flakes if you would like to kick up the spice for more of afterburn

Tips: Clean a 32oz ketchup bottle and store it on hand just for this recipe. Be sure to check out our other Tips and Techniques.

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