Happy Father’s Day! Today, I thought I would revisit one of my husband’s favorite summer meals –Crunchy Onion Bourbon Burgers! This is an AMAZING burger that my hubby concocted all on his own. The flavor is fantastic — the juicy burger, the crunchy onions and the sweet syrupy bourbon glaze. Finger lickin’ good! I posted this a while back, but at that time, we used a bottled bourbon glaze from Tastefully Simple (the home party peeps!).
The frustrating part is, we love this sauce so much that we go through it like water! Sometimes, it’s tricky to get my hands on a new supply — since TS only sells it seasonally. It was high time that I found a recipe to make my own! So, I scoured the internet and found a few recipes that looked promising. I took the parts that I liked from each of the recipes and combined them. Some recipes called for bourbon, others for whiskey. I decided to go with bourbon, but I imagine it would taste good with either!
Compliments of It’s a Keeper
1 head garlic
1 tsp olive oil
2/3 cup water
1 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
1 tsp soy sauce
1 1/3 cups dark brown sugar
3 tsp lemon juice
3 tsp minced white onions
1 tsp bourbon
1 tsp crushed pineapple
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Cut a 1/2 inch off the top of the garlic head. Remove the papery skin from the garlic, leaving enough so that the cloves stay together. Drizzle olive oil over the garlic. Wrap it loosely in foil and roast in a 325 degree oven for one hour. Remove garlic and let it cool.
Combine water, pineapple juice, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium high heat. Stir occasionally until mixture boils, then reduce heat to simmer. Add remaining ingredients to pan and stir. Squeeze out 2 teaspoons of roasted garlic and whisk to combine with pan mixture.
Let simmer for 35-45 minutes or until sauce has reduced by half and is thick and syrupy.
Is It a Keeper?
This recipe is PERFECT! It tastes just like I had expected it to! It’s sweet and tangy with a little zing from the cayenne. Mmmm….mmmmm…mmmm! Tonight, we had it on steaks. But, in the past, I’ve used it (the bottled version) on burgers and pork chops. Both of which, we absolutely love! I’ll bet it would also be great on fish!
If you’re planning to use it on the grill, make sure you add it during the final few minutes of grilling. Otherwise, the sauce will burn. I added mine to the steak when I was eating it — like a steak sauce.
I’m so glad I have a recipe to make this amazing sauce! Definitely a keeper!
PS…my kitchen smelled amazing while the garlic was roasting!
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Hi! I'm Christina, the chief cook and bottle washer at It's a Keeper. I love to cook and am a self proclaimed recipe hoarder who reads cook books cover to cover like most people read a juicy novel. Join me as I cook and bake my way through the pile of recipes that I've collected. Read more.
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