Bbq Sauce Recipe





Introduction: Bbq Sauce Recipe

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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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    21 Discussions

    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?

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    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

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    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!

    Looks nice and i'll remember it, it looks the closest to a bbq recipe i have seen in long time. But i'll change one of the ingredients.

    I'd try to avoid anything with the word "smoke". It's carcinogenic. ya.. i know smoking products is a good way to preserve them, but it's carcinogenic anyway. So "liquid smoke" is the same but concentrated.

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    You might want to avoid bananas too, then (and most other fruits for that matter). Bananas contain about half a gram of potassium in them, which results in about 15 Bq of radioactive activity. There's actually enough radioactivity in bananas that trucks carrying them across the borders have triggered alarms meant to detect the smuggling of nuclear materials. (I'm not making this up.) Peaches, apples, grapes, and most other fruits aren't much better. Even vegetables aren't safe. Here's a Forbes article talking about how broccoli set off the radioactivity monitors:

    And don't even get me started on the animals that we eat...

    The truth of the matter is that liquid smoke is probably the LEAST carcinogenic thing you'll eat today. Stay calm, enjoy your food. Even the "carcinogens" in smoked food are blown equally out of proportion. Smoking food is no worse for you than cooking it on a stove.

    DITTO what Cabe said...
    Liquid smoke is pretty darned safe stuff.
    Some types of smoke can be down right toxic.
    But not liquid smoke....

    Please stop scaremongering, "smoke" is NOT a carcinogen. Its true certain types of smoke contain carcinogens (Tobacco and Diesel mostly) but wood smoke is (compared to other fuels) much cleaner as it is a bio mass. True, breathing the ultra-fine particles of ash can cause lung issues but that's a concern of all particulates. These are not present in the consumption of smoked products, whether they are directly exposed to smoke or via liquid smoke products.

    I hope that if I freeze this itll last longer. I made a batch without thinking today but the next bqq im throwing is about a month away. I don't want to feed my friends mold but looking at the ingredients It consists of pretty much spices and flavorings. So is there hope this can last for about a month? XD Please message back

    Wrong! Actually, liquid smoke is much healthier than actually using "real" smoke. Liquid smoke is basically just water that has been infused with the flavorings of smoke, you can make it yourself at home. Since it's filtered, you can actually remove tar and other particulates and carcinogens from the smoke. All the flavor with much less issues.

    Every time I make BBQ sauce I generally use those same ingredients. However my wife doesn't like pepper and hot sauce so I back off. Great sauce.

    Great tip about the cooking spray and molasses. I'll try that next time.

    Mmmm! I can smell it from here! :-)