Homemade Sweet Barbecue Sauce

A simple, delicious barbecue sauce that you can make from scratch is a great basic recipe to have in your cookbook. You have complete control over what is in your sauce and can modify the recipe to your liking. This is the one I use most often.

Yields: 3/4-1 cup sauce

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon butter

1 small, or half of a large onion, grated

1-2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup ketchup

1/8 cup molasses

1/8 cup honey

1 Tablespoon vinegar, white or cider

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 Tablespoon mustard, dijon or yellow

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Cayenne pepper or hot sauce, optional, as much as you like

Salt

Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the grated onion and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and cook, covered on medium-low heat until softened.  IMG_7301 Add the garlic, cook for about 30 seconds and whisk in all the other ingredients. Simmer for about 5 min.  IMG_7304 Strain the sauce through a sieve.  IMG_7318 Serve with ribs, chicken, pork, meatballs, seafood, pulled pork sandwiches, sloppy joes, grilling, etc.

Homemade Sweet Barbecue Sauce
 
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Recipe type: Miscellaneous
Serves: ¾-1 cup
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 small, or half of a large onion, grated
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ⅛ cup molasses
  • ⅛ cup honey
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar, white or cider
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ Tablespoon mustard, dijon or yellow
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • Cayenne pepper or hot sauce, optional, as much as you like
  • Salt
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
  2. Add the grated onion and ¼ teaspoon of salt and cook, covered on medium-low heat until softened.
  3. Add the garlic, cook for about 30 seconds and whisk in all the other ingredients. Simmer for about 5 min.
  4. Strain the sauce through a sieve.
  5. Serve with ribs, chicken, pork, meatballs, seafood, pulled pork sandwiches, sloppy joes, grilling, etc.

 

Here are some  recipe ideas:

Bourbon BBQ Chicken Cutlets

BBQ Ribs

Grilled Chicken Kebabs

 

Chicken Teriyaki – Use Barbecue sauce instead of the Teriyaki sauce

Pulled Pork

 

Meatballs – Use Barbecue Sauce instead of the Honey-Garlic Sauce

 

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