Cooking with Wine
Black Cherry Barbeque Sauce
Bing cherries, cherry soda, lemon juice, cinnamon, and red wine make a fabulous barbecue sauce for chicken or pork. Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes Ingredients: 3/4 cup black cherry soda 1 can Bing cherries (17 ounces), drained 3 Tablespoons cherry preserves 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice, or more to taste 2 Tablespoons butter 1 Tablespoon sugar, or more to taste 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 cup dry red wine 1 Tablespoon cornstarch Coarse salt (kosher or sea) and freshly ground black pepper Directions: Put the cherry soda, cherries, cherry preserves, lemon juice, butter, sugar, cinnamon, and 3 tablespoons of the wine in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and let the sauce simmer gently for 5 minutes. Put the remaining 1 tablespoon wine and the cornstarch in a small bowl and stir to form a slurry (thick paste). Whisk this paste into the cherry sauce. Bring the sauce to a boil over high heat to thicken, about 1 minute. Taste for seasoning, adding more sugar or lemon juice to adjust the sweetness and salt and pepper to taste; the sauce should be highly seasoned. Serve warm or at room temperature. The sauce can be refrigerated, covered, for up to 1 week. Let return to room temperature or warm over medium heat before serving.