Everything tastes better with bacon. With this sauce you can carry the flavor of bacon everywhere you go and apply it to everything you eat. This sauce is great with pork, chicken, or beef. I found it when I was making ribs in a family competition. The recipe is one of Tyler Florence's with some changes by me based on my preference or what I had on hand.
The layers of flavor in this sauce are amazing and the best part is bacon lies at the bottom like a foundation lifting everything to new heights.
Step 1: Ingredients/Tools
2 bacon slices
4 sprigs of thyme
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 cups of ketchup
1 cup apricot preserves
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. dijon mustard or 1 tbsp. dry mustard
1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp. white vinegar
1 tsp. ground cumin
extra virgin olive oil
measuring cups and spoons
Step 2: Wrap the Thyme
Wrap the bacon around the sprigs of thyme. Make sure that most of the thyme is wrapped or it will burn. You want the bacon flavor to mix with the thyme.
Step 3: Cook the Bacon
Cook the bacon wrapped thyme slowly. Use the tongs to flip the bacon over. Once the outside of the bacon is cooked you can remove the thyme using the tongs. You do not want those green sticks hiding in your sauce.
Step 4: Add the Rest of the Ingredients
Now add the rest of the ingredients. It does not matter what order you chose. Just mix well after adding each one.
I added in this order
White Vinegar (not pictured)
The salt and pepper are optional. Just add to taste.
Step 5: Cook for 20 Minutes
Like the title says you will cook this for 20 minutes on low.
Step 6: Jar the Sauce
Now you will want to remove the bacon at this point. Let most of the sauce drip off the bacon. Now pour the sauce into a bowl or jar if you plan on keeping some. I would not recommend keeping the bacon in the sauce. The sauce will not last as long if you keep the bacon in it. If you plan on eating it all then it would be okay.
I have been making this sauce for years and nothing from the store compares. It is great.