Introduction: Homemade Barbecue Sauce

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In this instructable I will show you how to make homemade barbecue sauce! This recipe for BBQ sauce is very easy to make, there are lots of ingredients, but that doesn't make it complicated. Let's get started!

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Follow the easy steps below or watch the video tutorial or do both! :)

Step 1: Ingredients/Tools

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  • 1/4 cup of vegetable or olive oil (60mL)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, minced
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 to 5 tsp. of chili powder (20g)
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika (3g)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (3g)
  • 1 tsp. ground pepper, fresh (5g)
  • 1/4 tsp. of cayenne pepper (add more if you like)(1g)
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar (60mL)
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce (60mL)
  • 1 Tbsp. liquid smoke (15mL)
  • 1/3 cup yellow mustard (85g)
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed (200g)
  • 2 cups of ketchup (450g)


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Step 2: Saute Onions and Garlic

First turn the burner on medium, then place a medium to large sauce pot on top. Add in your oil and let it heat up. Next add in your minced onions and sauté them for a few minutes, then add in your minced garlic and cook for another couple minutes. Also at this point if you want an extra kick you can add in minced jalapeno. I would make it first without, then the next time you make it experiment with extra spice. But it is totally up to you. I am a wimp when it comes to spicy food, so I leave it out.

Step 3: Add in Those Spices

Now we add in our spices. Add in the chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, and paprika. Cook all the ingredients together for another minute or two.

Step 4: Add in Rest of Ingredients

Now we add in the rest of our ingredients. Apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar. Stir every 20 to 30 seconds, until the mixture starts to boil/bubble. Once that happens turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for 1 hour.

***Want it extra sweet add in some honey or more brown sugar, even molasses. :) Also, if you can't find liquid smoke, you can use smoked paprika.

Step 5: Cool Down and Storage

After the hour is up, turn off the heat and let the barbecue sauce cool down to room temperature before transferring into some kind of storage container. Then place in the fridge for 24 hours before using. Now you can use it right away if you like, but it will taste better the next day, once all the ingredients have had time to marinate with each other. It will last in the fridge for a couple weeks, or you can freeze it, and it will last a few months. Enjoy!

***If you do not like chunky BBQ sauce and would like to smooth it out, place the sauce in a blender or food processor and turn it on for a minute or two. :) But wait until it has cooled before you do that, the sauce will be very hot.

Step 6: Video Tutorial

Now watch those steps in action by checking out the video tutorial. :)