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Spirited Sauces: BBQ Made With George Dickel Tennessee Whisky No. 12 & More

Spirited Sauces: BBQ Made With George Dickel Tennessee Whisky No. 12 & More

Though Memorial Day is reserved for men and women who have lost their lives while serving in the armed forces, it’s also a time for family and friends. And with those gatherings usually come cookouts. By now, I’m pretty sure you have tried the usual grilling standards — hot dogs, hamburgers and veggies, which is cool, but sometimes boring. That said, I’ve partnered with some of the finest chefs to offer a couple of ways to booze up your menu for added flavor.



The newest wine brand from Diageo Chateau & Estates, Truvée, is derived from the French word meaning “to find.” What we found in the Truvée Red Blend varietal is a natural pairing with summer grilling – produced in partnership with Susan Palmer, The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen, the Blackberry Chipotle Truvée Red Wine Barbecue Sauce is a mouth-wateringly delicious and classy addition for summer dinner parties.

Spirited Sauces: BBQ Made With Truvee Wine

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Serves: 16 servings

  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • ½ tablespoon avocado or grapeseed oil
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¾ cup Truvée Red Blend Wine, divided
  • ¼ cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 whole chipotles in adobe sauce
  • 2 tablespoons adobe sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat drizzle the avocado oil and add the onions. Sautee until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the blackberries, ketchup, ½ cup wine, balsamic vinegar, chipotles, adobo sauce, brown sugar and salt to the pan.
  3. Bring to a boil and lower the heat to a simmer.
  4. Cook for 15 minutes or until the blackberries start to soften.
  5. Remove from the heat and transfer to your blender. Carefully puree the barbecue sauce until smooth.
  6. Place a fine mesh sieve over the saucepan and pour in the sauce into the sieve.
  7. Using a spoon press the sauce through until only the solids are left, discard and add the remaining ¼ cup of wine.
  8. Return the saucepan to medium heat and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  9. Let the sauce cool slightly before applying to chicken, pork, beef or seafood.


For an alternative BBQ sauce better suited for backyard picnics and pool parties, renowned barbecue chef Adam Perry Lang created aGeorge Dickel No. 12 Barbecue Sauce that blends the flavors of George Dickel with your favorite BBQ sauce.




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