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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

When I tell people I make my own barbeque sauce, I get one of two reactions.  About 2% of the time, the response is a slight head nod with big eyes and a "Me, too!"

The other 98% of the time I hear, "Are you crazy?!? Why would you do that when you can purchase it in a bottle?"

There are many regions of the US known for vastly different styles of barbecue: Kansas City, Texas, Carolina, Memphis.  And I have been in many a great debate as to what region reigns as best barbecue. While I currently reside in and love California, my roots are from Kansas. Because I was raised on this lip-smacking, finger-licking wonderful sauce (please recognize my mom for giving this recipe to me 20 years ago), I have a preference to Kansas City Style Barbeque. (And it seems the target market of the bottled sauces are for Kansas City Style Barbeque.)

It is my intent to convert the 98% who purchase bottled barbecue sauce into homemade barbecue sauce loving people because the flavor is far superior...just in time for your Memorial Weekend grill party!

Here's how:

  • 36 ounce bottle of ketchup
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 dashes Tapatio Salsa Picante (or other hot sauce of your choice)
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fine grind black pepper

  1. Combine all in large saucepan and simmer on very low heat for 60 minutes.
  2. Keep in refrigerator (I return to the ketchup bottle which has been cleaned and appropriately marked).


Unknown said...

homemade is always better!! :) Thanks for sharing!

Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch said...

There's nothing better then Homemade Barbecue Sauce! Your sauce looks and sounds way better then what you'll find at the store!