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How To Make BBQ Sauce

BBQ sauce recipe How to make BBQ sauce - the best BBQ sauce recipe for chicken and pork ribs. This recipe is a tangy and sweet tomato based BBQ sauce. The high sugar content means that the sauce burns easily, especially over open flame like on a barbeque so add this sauce at the end once the meat has cooked mostly through already. The world of BBQ sauce goes very deep and there are hard lines drawn in the sand as to which flavors constitute "BBQ sauce".

This recipe is essentially a basic BBQ sauce like you would buy from a grocery store however being home made makes it better. As with most things, like cookies for example, store bought can simply never compare to the fresh home made version. BBQ sauce is similar in this regard. When you take the time to make your own BBQ sauce you will absolutely be able to taste the difference from store bought. The best part is that it takes so little time you can crack it off any time that you need it - or pre make a large batch in advance.

Baking is all about exact measurements. Cooking is totally different. Cooking is all about flavor balance and different people have different palates. When I make this recipe now I do not measure these ingredients. I am familiar enough with the recipe that I can approximate each ingredient and then adjust the final product by taste. This sauce is very bold but there is a balance between the sweet of the sugar and the tang of the vinegar and mustard. I encourage you to follow this recipe the first time but feel free to adjust salt, vinegar, sugar and ketchup as per your taste.

BBQ sauce ingredients
8 cups ketchup
1 can tomato paste
2 tbsp yellow mustard
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp Louisiana hot sauce
1 tsp Maggi seasoning
2 heaping cups brown sugar (lightly packed)
2 tsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
3 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Cooking time
15 minutes simmering on medium-low

warm ketchup and tomato paste

Heat on medium-low 8 cups of ketchup and in a large sauce pan or pot until simmering.

add two cups of brown sugar

Add two heaping cups of lightly packed brown sugar. Dark brown sugar is preferable for this BBQ sauce recipe. It sounds like a lot of sugar, and it certainly is, but do not cut the sugar amount. Two cups is the minimum amount for this recipe and you can in fact go up to as much as three cups if you prefer sticky sweet BBQ sauces.

add two tablespoons of yellow mustard

Add two tablespoons of yellow mustard.

add tomato paste and hot sauce

Stir in one can of tomato paste and two tablespoons of Louisiana hot sauce.

add salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder

Add three teaspoons of salt, one teaspoon of pepper, two teaspoons of onion power and one tablespoon of garlic powder. Stir in one teaspoon of Maggi seasoning.

simmer for five minutes

Mix all ingredients well and bring the sauce to a light boil. As soon as the sauce starts to bubble it is ready to be removed from the heat. Be sure to taste the sauce and adjust salt, sugar, hot sauce and spices to your taste.

use a funnel to add sauce to the ketchup bottles

Let the sauce cool down for a few minutes before bottling. Use a funnel to add the BBQ sauce to the ketchup bottles that you used for this recipe.

This is a very tangy BBQ sauce but the large sugar content helps to take some of the bite off of the sour edge. You may find that you want to add more salt and more sugar than the recipe calls for depending on how you like your BBQ sauce to taste. This sauce is the perfect sauce for making fall off the bone BBQ ribs but be careful to not let the sauce burn. The high sugar content will blacken quickly over open flame.

Once you have this recipe under your belt you can start to experiment with other flavor combinations by adding ingredients such as coffee, whiskey, molasses, different hot sauces, bacon, liquid smoke and dijon mustard to name a few. Buying Kraft brand BBQ sauce is for suckers...this sauce takes minutes to make and has so much opportunity for personalizing it or adding your flair to the recipe. Let me know how this recipe worked for you in the comments section below.

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