Bbq Sauce Recipe

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Introduction: Bbq Sauce Recipe

This is a really basic bbq sauce recipe - it's got all the major components - sweet, heat and tang. :D It's a really fantastic base bbq sauce recipe, too. You can add more of some ingredients and use less of others to change it to suit your tastes!

Which in my case roughly translates to "dump all the hot sauce in it!"

Step 1: Ingredients:

This recipe only makes about a cup and a half of sauce, so you'll need to scale if you want more. :D
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup molasses (I used slightly less)
  • 3-4 tablespoons of water
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Listed above is the fairly tame base recipe. You typically add more hot sauce and a little more vinegar because that's what I like!

Step 2: Measure It Out and Mix!

Measure out all the ingredients into a tiny sauce pan and mix it really well. :D

You can do a quick taste test before cooking to see if it's working for you. 

(Pro tip for molasses: to avoid fighting with it, spray your measuring cup with the teeniest bit of cooking spray to help it slide out.)

Step 3: Cooking the Sauce

This goes pretty quickly, but you'll want to keep an eye on it and stir often! Otherwise it has a tendency to pop and splatter, even on low heat. 

Bring the sauce up to a boil and then down to a simmer. Simmer away for 5-10 minutes or so - you just want to take it until it's thick enough for you.

After it's done, turn off the heat and let it cool slightly before pouring it into your container of choice. Store it in the fridge - it should be good for a week or so!

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I look forward to trying your recipe, thank you fore sharing it with us

This will be my homemade go-to recipe. I pressure cooked a chuck roast, then slow cooked the bbq sauce and meat. Turned out to be my best beef bbq ever! Thanks for posting the recipe :)

Made it tonight using crushed tomatoes instead of ketchup. Added a bit more vinegar and brown sugar to compensate -- it was delicious.

I wonder if I could water bath can this to make it more shelf stable? any idea?

I wouldn't. The acidity is probably too low to safely water bath can. You could probably pressure can it though.

You can improve this...
Saute minced/grated onions w/ some garlic & a little ginger in oil before adding the sauce combo..

I made this- without the liquid smoke because I didn't have it- and it was fantastic! Everyone who tried it liked it. This is my new bbq sauce recipe :D

I don't have molasses but do have organic honey...have you tried orbis molasses a key ingredient?

That sounds great! I've been looking for a recipe for homemade bbq sauce and this one seems fairly simple and uses stuff I have on hand. Thanks!