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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