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Served up a couple of pork shoulders this weekend for a combined Canada Day/Fourth of July party we have with the neighbors...nothing terribly special, but I experimented with a sauce to go with the pork and it was a huge hit...it has a strong garlic presence with a nice mustard and sweet peach finish.

Thought I would post it here for anyone else who may want to try it or make suggestions for changes...

2 tbs. butter
3 tbs. onion, finely minced
3 cloves garlic, microplaned
3 tablespoons apple-cider vinegar
3/4 cup Whole-Grain Dijon mustard
1/4 cup sweet mustard (Russian mustard is a nice choice)
1 1/2 cups peach or apricot jam
1 1/2 tablespoons bourbon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, saute until the onion becomes translucent, 1 - 2 minutes. Add the garlic, and continue to saute until the garlic is noticeably aromatic, about 2 - 3 minutes (Be careful not to burn the garlic or it will bitter your sauce).

Add the vinegar and boil until almost completely reduced, about 3 minutes. Whisk in mustards and the jam or preserves. Simmer, whisking, until jam melts, and mixture comes together, about 1 minute. Stir in the bourbon and salt. Continue to cook over low heat for 2 - 3 minutes to combine ingredients and flavors, then remove from heat. Let cool and serve.
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The microplane graters do work really well. They are worth every penny they cost. I use mine for nutmeg, citrus peel and ginger.

Janna


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Originally posted by Papa-Pigs-BBQ-Barn:
I did an internet search and found out how to microplane garlic. You basically use a real fine grater. They can charge you more if they give a grater a different name. See the link below for a picture of a micropane grater.

http://www.epinions.com/content_65474694788

Now, let's talk about Russian mustard...
Wow...so sorry for not replying on this. Obviously it got lost in the shuffle. Frowner

As for the microplane, it is essentially a very fine grater, that keeps larger chunks out of the sauce. I agree with Jannakp - well worth the cost. You can also use a garlic press in a pinch though, but depending on the size of the holes, you may want to chop it a bit finer. The garlic is a key component in this sauce and really really stands out when you use the microplane...

As for my russian mustard, I get it at the local grocer - President's Choice brand actually. I like the Russian mustard, but any sweet mustard will do - Octoberfest from Boars Head is a good substitute. You got it RendezvousQ - it is thick! I don't know if they have that over in Germany though...but since you guys are the original Octoberfest, I would imagine you have a pretty good substitute Papa-Pig!! Wink

Again, sorry I missed this one...

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