Homemade Barbecue Sauce

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Homemade barbecue sauce in under 15 minutes? It doesn’t get any easier than that! Homemade barbecue sauce is easy to make and perfect for barbecues. This thick, flavorful sauce will surely be the star of your next barbecue. 

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Hi Guys! How was your weekend? I hope it was fantastic. Ours certainly was! We finally got a solid weekend of nice, springy weather. To be honest, it really wasn’t hard to improve over last weekend when we had inches upon inches of pouring rain and a gushing lake in our backyard followed by beautiful weather on Monday. No fair.

On Saturday we went to a lacrosse tailgate and hung out with friends. The weather was in the 60’s and it was so great to be outside. You should have seen the spread at the tailgate…Whoa! We did not go hungry. Here’s a shot of my sister with me at the game. We were basking in the sun (kinda).

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With such nice weather, it got me thinking that it is almost grilling season. So whether you’ve already broken out your grill or you’re waiting a few more weeks, you’re going to need a barbecue sauce recipe. And this is a good one!

 I hadn’t ever made barbecue sauce before, but I tried it a few weeks ago and wondered what the heck I’d been waiting for. First of all, I had all of the ingredients and plenty of them. Secondly, it was so easy that I couldn’t believe it. Third, I got to make it just like we like it. Fourth, no high fructose corn syrup. It was a win all around and I’ve been so excited to tell you about it so that you can make homemade barbecue sauce for everything you grill this grill season. I can already envision using this sauce on steaks, seafood, chicken…pretty much everything.

The base of this sauce is ketchup, so pick one you like preferably organic or without the corn syrup. It’s up to you.

I knew we’d be using lots of barbecue sauce since we were making pulled pork as well, so I made a double batch of sauce (about 4 cups). It lasts in the refrigerator for about a week, so if you’re not feeling like you want that much, just halve the recipe to get about 2 cups of sauce.

Add the ketchup to a small saucepan. Add the dark brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, molasses, and apple cider vinegar. Whisk to combine. Then, add the heat by turning the stove to medium low heat and allow the sauce to simmer for about 10 minutes or until the brown sugar has dissolved. It will bubble, so you may want to cover it loosely with the lid.

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While the sauce is simmering, gather the spices. To a small bowl, add the ground mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. If you don’t have smoked paprika on hand, you could easily sub regular paprika. If you like your sauce sweet but not spicy, omit the cayenne. Conversely, you could double the cayenne to suit your taste if you like it spicier.

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Add these to the sauce while it is simmering. Allow the sauce to simmer for the remainder of the 10 minutes then cool it completely before packing it up in a jar and storing it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.

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If you like a thinner sauce, feel free to add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water while the sauce is simmering.

Serve this sauce alongside chicken, steak, seafood, anything really. You’ll have a hard time going back to a bottle of barbecue sauce once you try the homemade variety.

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Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 cups sauce

Homemade barbecue sauce in under 15 minutes? It doesn't get any easier than that! Homemade barbecue sauce is easy to make and perfect for barbecues. This thick, flavorful sauce will surely be the star of your next barbecue.

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups ketchup (preferably without high fructose corn syrup)
  • 1 ½ cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp ground mustard
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne

Instructions

  1. Add the ketchup to a small saucepan. Add the dark brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, molasses, and apple cider vinegar. Whisk to combine. Then, add the heat by turning the stove to medium low heat and allow the sauce to simmer for about 10 minutes or until the brown sugar has dissolved. It will bubble, so you may want to cover it loosely with the lid.
  2. While the sauce is simmering, gather the spices. To a small bowl, add the ground mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. If you don't have smoked paprika on hand, you could easily sub regular paprika. If you like your sauce sweet but not spicy, omit the cayenne. Conversely, you could double the cayenne to suit your taste if you like it spicier.
  3. Add these to the sauce while it is simmering. Allow the sauce to simmer for the remainder of the 10 minutes then cool it completely before packing it up in a jar and storing it in the refrigerator until you're ready to use it.
  4. If you like a thinner sauce, feel free to add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water while the sauce is simmering.
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Adapted from Half Baked Harvest

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