The Grill Guy: It’s Peach Season
Since the peach harvest is in full swing here in Georgia, The Peach State, I thought I would offer up one of my all time favorite peach recipes.
Southern Peach Delight
Prep Time: 15 min | Cook Time: 25 min | Servings: 4 | Difficulty: Medium
4 whole peaches
1 16-ounce box brown sugar
1 vanilla bean cut in half lengthwise
2 sticks unsalted butter
Pinch of sea salt
1 cup crème fraishe
8 ounces of Dark Rum, OR Spiced Rum, OR Grand Marnier. If you’re wondering whether to go with brandy vs bourbon – go with the rum instead for this recipe.
Place an aluminum tray onto a warm grill. (Medium Heat)
Slice the peaches in half and remove the pits. Lay peaches sliced-side down in the warm tray and cook until the peaches turn a bright color, or approximately 2 to 5 minutes.
Poor the brown sugar and rum over the peaches and add the vanilla bean. (Pour the alcohol carefully and take care not to splash or spill as the alcohol will catch fire!)
Add the butter to the pan.
Let the peaches cook an additional 20 minutes or until the peaches are soft.
Remove from heat and serve with a dollop of crème fraiche.
“HOT SHOT” PEACH BOURBON BBQ SAUCE
Prep Time: 20 mins | Cook Time: 40 mins | Difficulty: Easy
1-2 Tbs oil (high temp works best)
1 cup chopped white onion
1 Tbs finely chopped fresh garlic
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp hungarian smoked paprika
1/3 cup bourbon
1 Tbs yellow or brown mustard
1 cup fresh (NOT FROZEN) peaches, peeled, stoned and roughly chopped
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup Heinz Chili Sauce
3 Tbs Apple Cider vinegar
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
hot sauce to taste – optional
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
Add onion and reduce heat to low. Sautee slowly until onion softens and begins to brown around the edges. Be careful not to burn the onion.
Increase heat to medium and add garlic. Stir and sautee for approxmiately another two minutes or so.
Add mustard, paprika and chili powder. Stir to combine.
Add Apple Cider Vinegar, Burbon, Brown Sugar, and Heinz Chili Sauce and stir to combine.
Add Peaches, turn down heat and simmer until peaches are very soft. This should take about 30 min.
Add freshly ground pepper. If you prefer a spicy sauce, add a few shots of your favorite hot sauce to your preferred heat level.
Remove from heat and Cool. The sauce is now read to cook with If you like a chunky sauce. If you do not plan on using it immediately, store in an air tight container in the fridge.
Some folks prefer a smoother sauce. If that’s you, allow the sauce to cook and then place sauce into a blender and blend until desired consistency.
Refrigerated, it will keep for 10 days