Sooooo…. this is the first time I’ve ever made a homemade condiment! Other than salsa, if you count that! Did you know that most store-bought barbeque sauces have an insane amount of sugar and most have high fructose corn syrup in them? I’ve decided I no longer want to buy barbeque sauce from the store because of this and also because of all of the extra, unwanted additives and chemicals they put in pretty much all processed foods. But, this recipe is seriously SO easy! Anyone could make it. Just throw all the ingredients in a pot, stir and simmer for 25 minutes or so. And I have the YUMMIEST recipe idea that I will post about tomorrow or very soon… it was SO good! Liquid smoke, one of the ingredients, is something I had never bought before. It is a substance produced from smoke that is passed through water. It’s used to flavor and preserve foods. In this recipe, it adds the distinct hickory flavor that is common to barbeque sauce. I found it in the condiment aisle of my grocery store, I think next to the barbeque sauces, even.
Homemade Barbeque Sauce
Makes 2 cups + 2 Tablespoons
- 1 1/3 cups tomato sauce
- 1/3 cup tomato paste
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup molasses (unsulfured)
- 2 tsp all natural hickory liquid smoke
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp chili powder
Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and simmer over low heat for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let it cool and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
To use on grilled meat, brush onto chicken, pork or beef the last 10 minutes of cooking.