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Cinnamon Whiskey BBQ Chicken Melt

I ordered this sandwich at a local chain restaurant a while back.   It was so good, I got it the next time I visited too.    I found myself craving it, when no trip to the restaurant was happening, so I decided to recreate it at home.

I put together the barbecue sauce based on the ingredients that I saw online on the Fireball website. Though I liked the homemade version, I'll be buying a bottle from the site for instant gratification purposes.    I assembled the sandwich just like at the restaurant- bread, cheddar, ranch, chicken, bacon, barbecue sauce, cheddar, bread.   Butter the top slice of bread, flip it buttered side down onto the griddle, then butter the other side.   Cook until golden brown and delicious.   

* Exported from MasterCook *

                    Cinnamon Whiskey BBQ Chicken Melt

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
  4             slices  sourdough bread
  4             slices  cheddar cheese
  4                     breaded chicken tenders -- cooked according to package directions (4 to 6)
  4             slices cooked bacon
  2                  T  ranch dressing
  2                  T  Cinnamon Whiskey BBQ Sauce -- (2 to 4)- see below
                        Butter or cooking spray.

Preheat skillet to medium. Top 2 slices of bread with cheddar cheese. Spoon 1T of ranch dressing on each. Add 2 slices bacon. Cut chicken tenders, if needed to fit on bread. Top with 1 to 2T Cinnamon Whiskey BBQ Sauce. Add other 2 slices of cheese and top with remaining bread. Coat the bread with butter and place buttered side down on skillet. Butter top slice of bread. Cook until golden brown and cheese is melted. Yield: serves 2

Cinnamon Whiskey BBQ Sauce

    1 1/2 cups brown sugar
    1 1/2 cups ketchup
    1/2 cup cider vinegar
    1/2 cup Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
    1 T worcestershire
    2 t cayenne
    1 1/2 t freshly ground black pepper
    2 t minced garlic
    1 T molasses

Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Move to jar or squeeze bottle and store in refrigerator.

Submitted to Taste Of Home magazine, published in Copycat Favorites cookbook.


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