Easy BBQ Sauce Recipe

How to Make BBQ Sauce

Pork Ribs in homemade bbq sauce

Barbecue sauce is fantastic! Let’s face it, ribs and our other favorites would be nothing without the sauce. It has a special way of taking proteins to the next level. Of course it depends on the type of barbecue sauce you like but for many, a good homemade barbecue sauce is a little sweet, savory, tangy and of course smoky. Barbecue sauce has a very lengthy history that starts with Christopher Columbus. At the end of the 15th century Columbus brought a sauce back from Hispaniola that was used for cooking alpaca meat. That sauce is believed to be a very early version of barbecue sauce. Later, Native tribes of North and South America taught Europeans barbecuing techniques and the sauce continued to evolve from there. Now there are four basic types of barbecue sauce which are mustard, vinegar and pepper, light tomato and heavy tomato. All are excellent but the recipe provided is a light tomato BBQ sauce. With a light tomato you get the body of a tomato based sauce with some vinegar for a sweet, sour and savory combination.

Place of Origin: Recipe difficulty:
America Medium
Preparation Time: Cook Time:
5 minutes 40 minutes
Yields: 5 cups of sauce, servings vary

BBQ Sauce Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 32 oz. bottle ketchup
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon celery seeds
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

How to Make Homemade BBQ Sauce?

Simple BBQ Sauce Recipe – Step by Step Instructions:

1. Add a tablespoon of oil to a large saucepan.
2. Heat the oil over medium high heat.
3. Add the onion and garlic.
4. Sauté while stirring for 5 minutes or until softened and fragrant.
5. Pour in the ketchup, cider vinegar and apple juice.
6. Add the brown sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves before adding the honey, soy sauce, Worcestershire, red pepper flakes and celery seeds.
7. Stir and bring to a boil.
8. Reduce to a simmer while stirring occasionally and cook for 25-30 minutes.
9. Season with salt and black pepper.
10. Use as you please or store in an airtight container before refrigerating.

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Ideas to Use – BBQ Sauce for Ribs

This homemade barbecue sauce tastes great on ribs, chicken, shrimp and anything else you like to barbecue. Like all sauces, it can be used to add a flavorful glaze to various foods, can also be used to slather or for dipping. The choice is yours.

Barbecued Ribs

Barbecued Ribs

Homemade barbeque sauce is fit for:

Vegetarian and vegan diets.

This homemade barbecue sauce is an excellent combination of flavors. All the components combine to create a bold sauce that you will want to enjoy again and again. The onion and garlic help build flavor from the start and the other additions ensure that sweet, sour and savory balance any good barbecue sauce should have. As for the touch of spice, it makes the sauce even better. Feel free to add as much or as little as you like.

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Category: BBQ Sauces, Savory sauces

Origin: America, USA

Diets: Vegan diet, Vegetarian diet

Meals: Beef, Chicken, Pork, Shrimp

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