Homemade BBQ Sauce
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How To Make Homemade Barbecue Sauce
Homemade bbq sauce is really easy to make and once you know how then you may never buy the stuff in stores again. Essentially, the basics of homemade barbecue sauce include tomato paste or ketchup, a bit of sugar, some sort of vinegar, and some spices. Some people like to add liquid smoke, but I never do. Of course, it’s always an option for you!
I use apple cider vinegar and ketchup and add Worcestershire sauce and sriracha to spice it up a bit. The great thing about homemade bbq sauce is you can dial it in so easily to just the way you like it. Don’t have Sriracha? Sub out another hot sauce of your choice.
Like it sweeter? Add more honey or brown sugar. You get the idea. Make it your own.
Variations On Barbecue Sauce
Regional variations abound. But, the core remains the same. So, some folks like brown sugar, but others swear by molasses for the sugar. Likewise, you can use any kind of vinegar as well. I love apple cider vinegar because it has a bit of kick and a lot of flavor. When it comes to the spiciness, you can add any kind of hot sauce, from sriracha to Tabasco, and everything in between.
For smoke, you can always add liquid smoke which comes in a variety of wood flavors. So if you want hickory or mesquite bbq sauce it is so easy to add a spoonful of smoke to it too. I use the Worcestershire because it has a very faint hint of smoke but offers plenty of subtle spices.
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How To Store Your Homemade Barbecue Sauce
If you store your sauce in a glass container with a tight lid it will literally keep for months. That is because the vinegar helps preserve it.
In fact, the longer you store it, the better and deeper the flavors become.
For the Love of ALL things Barbecue
If you love BBQ like we do, you will surely find all sorts of ways to use this Homemade BBQ Sauce! But … If you’re looking for some new barbecue recipes to try – well I have you covered there, too!
- Slow Cooker Dr. Pepper BBQ Ribs (my number one recipe!)
- Crockpot Hawaiian BBQ Sandwiches
- BBQ Pork Ribs
- Apricot BBQ Glazed Chicken
- BBQ Pork & Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese
Tools for Barbecuing
Grilling is only made easier when you have good tools. My most favorite meat thermometer is the ThermoPen Mk4. It’s the best grilling/cooking tool that I own. I have a great selection of grilling items in my Amazon store, too! Amazon Store Front – Grilling Essentials
Here is the recipe for my homemade BBQ sauce — Enjoy!
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon Siracha (optional)
- 1/2 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Add all ingredients to a saucepan and stir until combined.
- Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes.
- Transfer to a jar and store in the refrigerator.
Makes One Pint of BBQ Sauce - Nutrition based on a 4 Tablespoon Serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 175Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 806mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 0gSugar: 42gProtein: 1g
Nutrition isn't guaranteed accurate.