Make Your Own BBQ Sauce From Scratch!

BBQ | August 18, 2008 | By

By Danny

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Yes, that’s right. BBQ Sauce! I’ve always wanted to make my own and the perfect opportunity presented itself yesterday. Michael finally got around to putting together the grill he bought AGES ago, so I decided to take advantage of the lazy Sunday afternoon and make my own BBQ sauce. I used a recipe I found on-line but the proportions of the ingredients were WAY off—things were not looking good. The doubt on Michael’s face was palpable, and full blown panic was right around the corner..

More on how I saved the recipe after the jump…

Even with the adjustments I made, the sauce still didn’t taste like “Barbecue” sauce. I myself began to doubt my skills. Could this terrible recipe be saved? I knew in the back of my mind that the smoke from the grill would add that last bit of flavor that would push the sauce in to the “BBQ realm”, so I decided to have a bit of faith and use the sauce…and boy am I glad I did! It turned out spectacular! Because I was improvising the amounts in the recipe bellow are estimated. This is a good base for a BBQ sauce that you can add or subtract ingredients to!

Homemade BBQ Sauce

1 can of Tomato Sauce
1/2 a small can of tomato paste
4 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar
1 Medium sized onion, minced
5 Garlic Cloves, crushed
2 Teaspoons ground dry mustard
3 Tablespoons vinegar
4 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons white wine
2 Teaspoons ground cayenne pepper
2 Tablespoons olive oil

Heat the olive oil over medium/low heat. Add the onions and garlic and sweat for 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until well combined. Simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. The sauce will be thick and should be added to grilled meats on the last 10 minutes of grilling, otherwise the sauce will burn.

We sliced up some chicken breasts into thick chunks and placed them on skewers with onion wedges in between. Delicious!

Do you have a favorite BBQ Sauce recipe? Leave us a link in the comments!


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    October 6, 2008

    I used one can of regular “canned” tomato sauce…del monte brand I believe…..not sure if that clarifies, but you can find it next to the tomato paste in the grocery store!

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    October 6, 2008

    What exactly is the “tomato sauce” you use?

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