I was strolling the grocery aisles the other day and came across some bottles of Jim Beam barbecue sauce. I checked the label and it sounded pretty interesting. It has a molasses base that I figured would go nice with the pork chops I had soaking in a molasses brine back home.
The chops got grilled on the Jumbo Joe with indirect heat for about thirty minutes. They were some beautiful chops cut on the thicker side. They were dusted with some black pepper and onion powder. There was plenty of flavor packed into these guys from the four hour bath they took in the molasses brine.
- 1 quart water
- 1/3 cup Kosher salt
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 1/3 cup honey
The chops got a bath in the Jim Beam sauced and looked pretty awesome.
The sauce worked great with the chops. I have a tough time describing flavors but I’d say this tasted like what you might get if you mixed A1 steak sauce with some Sweet Baby Ray’s. A rich, full flavor with a nice vinegar note.
Next up was an eye of round I had sitting around for some slow smoked roast beef. I tried something new this time and salted the heck of the roast. This was some folks call a dry brine. It turns out that this is a great way to get the beef incredibly tender.
The roast was injected with about a cup of beef broth and dry brined for a day. After a day the roast was rinsed of excess salt, painted with mustard and rubbed with black pepper, granulated garlic and granulated onion.
The roast went onto the Jumbo Joe and got slow smoked for three hours until it hit an internal temperature of 140F. Towards the end of the cook it got painted with some of the Jim Beam sauce. I think it looked pretty nice.
The dry brining made a huge difference in tenderness. This was the first eye of round I ever cooked that didn’t have to be sliced paper then to be tender. Did I mention it was exploding with juices?
The Jim Beam sauce worked as great with the beef as it did with the pork chops. For a corporate label commercial sauce I was pleasantly surprised.
If you are looking for some other sauce ideas here are a few homemade bbq sauce recipes to check out.
What are some other great commercial sauces out there that I ought to try? Leave a note and let us all know!