The Best BBQ Sauce recipe is slightly sweet, slightly smoky, and slightly spicy, making it delicious on everything from brisket to ribs to chicken to pulled pork and more!
In Texas, barbecue is practically a food group. But no matter where you live, summertime and barbecue go hand in hand. Of course, where there is barbecue, there must be sauce! Different regions of the country have decidedly distinct takes on which ingredients constitute the best barbecue sauce, and this Texas girl does favor a bit more sweetness than a true Texas barbecue sauce would probably dictate. So after a lot of experimenting and tweaking, I finally came up with a version that exemplifies my idea of a perfectly balanced barbecue sauce...and in my humble opinion, it really is the Best BBQ Sauce recipe!
This versatile sauce is slightly sweet, slightly smoky, and slightly spicy. It's mouthwatering on everything from brisket to ribs to chicken to pulled pork to anything else you want to slather it on. But the best thing about it is that you can adjust it to your taste just as easily as I did to mine.
How to Tweak the Best Barbecue Sauce Recipe
- How strong is your sweet tooth? Increase or decrease the brown sugar and honey accordingly.
- Do you gravitate towards a smoky sauce? Tweak the amount of smoked paprika, or substitute regular paprika in its place if you don't care for the taste of smoke.
- In the same way, you can achieve more or less heat by adjusting the cayenne and black pepper.
In addition to being able to create a barbecue sauce that perfectly pleases your palate, you will simultaneously avoid all of the icky ingredients that can be found in the bottled variety.
Once you make homemade barbecue sauce yourself and figure out how easy and delicious it is, you'll never again buy a bottle at the grocery store. Seriously, I could almost eat this stuff with a spoon. It's that good. So what are you waiting for? Barbecue season is upon us, and the fruits of your grill will thank you for this one.
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- BBQ Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels
- Slow Cooker Pineapple Pulled Pork with Pineapple BBQ Sauce
- BBQ Chicken Dip ~ for Slow Cooker, Stovetop, or Oven!
- Turkey Meatloaf Muffins
Best Ever BBQ Sauce
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups ketchup
- 8 ounces tomato sauce
- 8 ounces tomato paste
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ cup unsulfured molasses
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- In a medium sized pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute garlic for a minute until it turns a light golden brown.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot. Mix together until thoroughly incorporated. Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened and glossy.
- Store leftover sauce in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
- For an all-natural BBQ sauce, check that your ketchup and Worcestershire sauce don't have any additives or preservatives.
- The sauce is even better the next day after the flavors have mingled for awhile!
Adapted from Allrecipes.com