My homemade BBQ sauce is really delicious. It is sweet, tangy, smooth, and spicy with a deep, smooth, rich flavor that is just dreamy on everything from ribs to hamburgers. It even tastes fantastic on potatoes and mushrooms! It took me a long time of tweaking to get it just right. It’s not too hot or too sweet, it is just right!
- 2 1/2 cups ketchup
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons molasses
- 8 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 and 3/4 teaspoons liquid smoke
- 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup of onion, minced
- 3/4 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
There really isn’t any directions for putting it together. Just mix everything in a sauce pan and stir until boiling. Lower the heat and simmer for another fifteen minutes, stirring frequently. You can use the sauce immediately or store it in a container with an air tight lid. Makes about three cups and should keep in the refrigerator for two to three weeks.
If you prefer a hotter BBQ sauce, what I think of as a cross between hot sauce and BBQ sauce, the recipe changes a bit. I like my hot BBQ sauce to be really hot, so I use four peppers. If you like your sauce less hot, only use one or two.
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 small onion, minced
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 to 4 jalapeno peppers (seeds removed) and minced
Combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for fifteen minutes, stirring every few minutes. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator. Should keep for about a month.
This hotter version BBQ sauce is really terrific on meatloaf, it gives it real ZIP!!! Try it and see for yourself.