Homemade BBQ Sauce

homemade bbq sauce

It’s funny how when you’re a kid, you tend to not pay attention to things. I never paid attention to the fact that my mom always made her own BBQ sauce. We grilled pretty regularly during the summer and my parents had a division of labor for grilling days. Daddy was the grill master and mom did all the prep including making the sauce and seasoning the meat. I remember a big aluminum pot of tangy sauce simmering on the stove while daddy grilled the ribs. Now that she’s gone, I’m sad that I never got the recipe from her.

This is my first attempt at making BBQ sauce in years. I was trying to duplicate the sauce of a restaurant that I had loved in Charleston.  They had the best BBQ sauce I’ve ever tasted – hands down. It was spicy and slightly sweet which is exactly what I like. This recipe started out as a variation of that recipe but turned into something completely different. This list of ingredients may look a little long but I wanted to include everything I added although it all probably isn’t necessary.

A few things to note:

  • I used a medium sized onion and pulverized it in the food processor. I really didn’t want any chunks of onion floating in my sauce.
  • Ketchup can be extremely salty so don’t  add any more salt until it’s cooked down and you’ve tasted it.
  • If you don’t have lemons, double up on the vinegar.
  • Add liquid smoke to your taste. Everyone doesn’t like smoke in their sauce but I think it adds something.
  • Cooking the sauce helps the ingredients meld together. It will taste different once its cooks a bit.

Homemade BBQ Sauce
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Ingredients
  • 1 clove garlic pressed
  • ½ onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • ⅓ cup molasses
  • ½ cup water
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons distilled vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • Dash salt
  • hot pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Spray a medium pot with cooking spray. Heat over medium low heat and add onions and garlic. Cook for 7 to 8 minutes until soften.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and add remaining ingredients.
  3. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Salt to taste.
  4. Add salt and pepper flakes to taste.

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