Bbq Sauce Recipe

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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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    DFerver
    DFerver

    7 months ago on Introduction

    I made this, it is sooo good. I wasn't aware of how easy it is to make my favorite condiment. I didn't have molasses, so I used brown sugar. I'm serving it over meatballs with a side of mashed potatoes. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Ben DangerH
    Ben DangerH

    5 years ago

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

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    campoutmama
    campoutmama

    6 years ago

    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 :)

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    swalberg
    swalberg

    7 years ago

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

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    jmitchell35
    jmitchell35

    8 years ago

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

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    MysticHobo1982
    MysticHobo1982

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Cacadogg
    Cacadogg

    9 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Renee!
    Renee!

    9 years ago on Introduction

    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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    Lkymama
    Lkymama

    9 years ago

    *Or is

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    Lkymama
    Lkymama

    9 years ago

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

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    Renee!
    Renee!

    9 years ago on Introduction

    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!

    skylane
    skylane

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Cabe
    Cabe

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    rleibman
    rleibman

    9 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    onemoroni1
    onemoroni1

    9 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    SpringRobin
    SpringRobin

    9 years ago on Introduction

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