Sunday, October 18, 2009

Homemade Sweet BBQ Sauce

Making your own BBQ sauce is simple and doesn't take long. There are thousands of recipes available, but here is what I made last night and it's absolutely delicious.

You need the following ingredients:

  • 4 dl heinz ketchup
  • 0,5 dl apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tblsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tblsp brown sugar or honey
  • 2 tblsp molasses
  • 2 tblsp mustard
  • 2 tblsp basic BBQ rub
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • juice of 1 lime
  • good splash of tabasco
  • good splash of strong black coffee

Mixed them all in a saucepan and heat it up in low heat until it starts to bubble gently.  Let it simmer for 5-10 minutes while mixing occasionally.  If the sauce gets too thick, just add a bit of water or coffee.

I used the rub for chicken, which has plenty of paprika powder in it.  If you don't have any ready made rub available, just add a teaspoon or two of each ingredient. My rub had already plenty of extremely hot chili powder, so I didn't need to add anything to spice up the sauce.  You could add your favourite hot sauce or chili powder for extra kick in the sauce.

Just finished the batch I made last night on these pulled pork sandwiches.  I recommend to double or triple the amounts for a decent amount of sauce, but see how you like it first. I adore it!

Many people like to add liquid smoke to the sauce.  I would add it only if the food you're serving isn't already smoked, for example grilled or fried dishes. You can store the sauce in a glass jar or an empty beer bottle like I did.  It should last few weeks in the fridge.

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