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How to Make BBQ Sauce

How to Make BBQ Sauce

There are several brands of bottled barbeque sauce available in every grocery’s shelves, but it is still good to know how to make BBQ sauce on your own. All you need is a basic recipe for the sauce and you can tweak it in infinite ways to create a truly homemade, good barbecue sauce. Making your own barbecue sauce is easy, and it is so much cheaper than store-bought barbecue sauce. Once you have gotten the knack of it, your barbecued meats are bound to be even more delicious.

  1. To make a basic tomato-based barbecue sauce, you will need the following ingredients: 1 can of tomato sauce, 1 can of tomato paste, 2 tablespoons each of vinegar, olive oil, and brown sugar. Add some crushed garlic and chopped onions, and a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce. Also prepare a teaspoon each of dry mustard and cayenne pepper.

  2. Sauté the garlic and onion in the olive oil and then add the remaining ingredients. Let them simmer for 20 minutes while stirring frequently so that they do not burn. After 20 minutes, decant the tomato sauce into a covered container and keep it in the refrigerator for a few days.



    You will find that, after three to four days, the flavors have developed into something rather mellow.

  3. If you are looking for a thinner barbecue sauce than the one above, then this recipe which uses an apple cider base should be just perfect. To make it, prepare the following ingredients: 4 tablespoons each of Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar, 3 tablespoons each of butter and apple cider vinegar, 2 large onions that have been minced, ¾ cups of butter, and as much hot sauce as you want. Obviously, if you want your barbeque to be spicy, you will add a lot. But if you are serving children and other people who don’t really go for spicy food, then you should tone it down a bit.

  4. Put a saucepan on medium heat and sauté the minced onions until they caramelize. You have to make sure that the onions don’t get brown.

  5. Add ½ a cup of water and throw in all the other ingredients.

  6. Bring the mixture to a boil for just one minute then turn the heat down until it simmers down. Continue letting it simmer for another 20 minutes, and then you’re done. As with the first barbeque sauce, you can store this in the refrigerator in a lidded container for a few days until you are ready to use it.

Just a note on using barbecue sauces: In most cases, they can be used in three ways- as marinade, as basting sauce, and as serving sauce. For marinating, you want your barbecue sauce to be just a little bit thinner, so you can add a few more tablespoons of water to your regular recipe. As for using the sauce for basting, omit the sugar while cooking because it will burn more easily and change the taste of the meat. Of course, do not use the marinade for basting. The bacteria that were transferred from the fresh meat to the sauce will contaminate the cooked barbecue meat and can cause food-borne illnesses like salmonella, especially if you’re making chicken barbeque. Now that you have seen how to make bbq sauce the easy way, choose the version that you prefer and add your own ingredients and spices for a truly personal culinary touch. You will find that certain herbs or seasonings will work with some kinds of meat but not with others. Eventually, you will have a feel for the recipe. So you will be able to make do without measuring the ingredients, but until then keep these recipes handy to guide you well.

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