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Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes

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Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes

Does anyone have a good BBQ sauce recipe? Instead of buying the bottled sauce, I'd rather make my own. We cook out a lot in the summer. I'd like to save some money and have a sauce that's my own creation.

You'll Love This Recipe!

1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup butter
1 Tbsp. paprika
1 tsp. packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp. liquid smoke
pepper to taste
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

Heat to boiling in one-quart saucepan over medium heat. Stir in lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce and heat until hot.

Simple, No Cook BBQ Sauce Recipe

Yield: 4 cups approximately

1-1/2 cups dark brown sugar, packed
1-1/4 cups ketchup
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2-1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
2 teaspoons paprika
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Measure and add all ingredients to a large bowl and whisk well until the sugar has dissolved and the spices are thoroughly distributed. Serve immediately or cover and store in fridge or freeze.
Cindy in Perham, MN

Use Imagination with Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes

BBQ sauce is mainly a mixture of tomato, acid, and sweet. You can make your own with ingredients already in your pantry and fridge.

I've made my own homemade BBQ sauce for years using a combination of tomato paste, garlic and onion powder, balsamic vinegar, yellow mustard, and either honey or real maple syrup. You can let your imagination run wild. A neighbor gave me fresh mangos, so I made mango BBQ sauce.

Open a can of tomato paste and thin it with a little water and whatever vinegar (apple cider, balsamic, white balsamic, etc.) is in the pantry. Add a tablespoon each of garlic and onion powders. Add sweetener to your liking, such as brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, or orange marmalade. The end result should be to your taste.
Stacie G.

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Just Like Grandma Made

This recipe for homemade BBQ sauce is from Not Just Beans: Fifty Years of Frugal Family Favorites by Tawra Jean Kellam.

Grandma's Barbecue Sauce

1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 cups catsup
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. onion, finely chopped or 1/2 tsp. onion salt
2 Tbsp. liquid smoke

Mix all together. This makes about one quart. Keep refrigerated in covered jar.

Homemade BBQ Sauce Has Never Been So Easy

Start with ketchup and add a splash of vinegar, a tablespoon of mustard, and brown sugar to taste.

Reviewed April 2017

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