A sweet and spicy ketchup based sauce that tastes great on just about everything.
I love barbecue. I think it is very important to know a basic, classic barbecue sauce which can be altered to suite individual tastes. It is so easy to make home made barbecue sauce that I almost never buy it. This way I know it tastes just how I like it, and I don't have to worry about too many weird ingredients. All you need to make your own barbecue sauce is ketchup and some common spices. This barbecue sauce is simple and a good starting point. Just add or subtract ingredients to make it your own signature sauce.
Classic Barbecue Sauce
2 cups ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1-2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp dried minced onions
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp mustard
hot sauce, hot pepper, chilli flakes, or cayenne pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and heat over low heat for 10-20 minutes until heated through.
All of these ingredients can be altered to your own preferences. I like spicy and sweet so I usually add plenty of cayenne, sometimes habanero, and a little extra sugar.
- You can use fresh minced garlic and onion, just saute them (in a little oil) before adding everything else.
- Some places use more mustard.
- In eastern North Carolina barbecue sauce has little to no ketchup and is mostly vinegar.
- You can add some bourbon.
- Sometimes I add a dash of liquid smoke for a slight smokiness.
- For a change try using different sweeteners like maple syrup or molasses they both add their own flavor.
- Be creative and add fruit purees for new flavors, you probably don't need as much sugar depending on the sweetness of the fruit, maybe less or no ketchup.
I think the reason I love barbecue and barbecue sauce so much is that you can be as creative, or not, as you want.
I hope this inspires you to try making your own barbecue sauce.