Homemade BBQ Sauce
I started making my own barbecue sauce last summer and I haven’t bought a bottle since. I love this stuff and so does my family. I have to go replenish their supply from time to time and this morning was one of those occasions.
One evening I received an unexpected call from my Dad. He sounded panicked, I could tell something was very wrong. “What’s the matter, you sound upset”, I said, beginning to worry.
“Elise, it’s an emergency”, he replied. There was a long pause. “We’re almost out of barbecue sauce! We need you to come over and make us more before we run out!” I don’t think I found his charade quite as funny as the rest of the family did, but still I complied and made them their sauce.
I tried to carefully measure everything as I made today’s batch so that I could relay the recipe here, but to be honest, I really just take a bunch of stuff out of the cupboard and throw it in a pot. My recipe is never quite the same. I start with a few basic ingredients, always varying the amounts based on my mood. I add more stuff as I go along and let it simmer down until it tastes right. There really is no exact science to barbecue sauce.
This recipe makes about 4 cups of sauce and will last for a few months in the fridge.
- 32oz bottle Ketchup
- 2 cups Coca-Cola
- 1 cup Beer
- 1/4 cup Low Sodium Soy sauce
- 1/4 cup Rice Vinegar(not pictured)
- 1 tbs Mustard(I prefer using dijon)
- 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
- 2 cups Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup Honey
- 1 tsp Chipotle Powder
- 2 cloves Smashed Garlic
Throw all of the ingredient in a pot over medium heat. Whisk until smooth. I smash the garlic cloves with a knife and add them to the pot whole, then fish them out when the sauce is done. When the sauce starts to bubble, turn the burner down and let the sauce simmer for 2 or 3 hours. The time is not exact. When it looks and tastes like barbecue sauce, it’s done!