There is nothing better in the summer than grilled meat dripping in thick, sticky BBQ sauce and while there are plenty of great tasting ones to choose from in the supermarket I’m not always thrilled about the ingredients that they contain. So instead of resorting to the bottle variety of BBQ sauce, I make my own! It’s so simple to make and there are literally countless recipes and variations to choose from.
I adapted this BBQ sauce recipe from one that I came across online by Jamie Deen, he used the sauce on his BBQ Baby Back Ribs . The sauce came out really great, it was a nice mix of sweet and spicy however, it did have a strong vinegar taste initially so I adjusted the seasonings to create a more balanced flavor. I added in 1/2 cup of brown sugar for a little extra sweetness plus a 1/2 tbs molasses. I also cut back on the amount of cayenne pepper that was called for, I added only 1/4 tsp and the resulting sauce was plenty spicy.
The recipe made more sauce than I actually needed so I just stored the rest in a Mason Jar and used it for my next BBQ meal.
- 1 tbs canola oil
- 2 tbs finely chopped onion
- 2 cups apple cider vinegar
- 1 1/2 cups ketchup
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 tbs dijon mustard
- 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper (I used only 1/4 tsp)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
For adjusted sauce recipe include:
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tbs molasses
Heat the oil over medium high heat and saute the onion until softened. Add all of the other ingredients and simmer on medium low heat until thickened, about 35 minutes. Use immediately or store in a Mason Jar in the fridge for about 2 weeks.