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Fast and Easy Home Made BBQ Sauce
Barbeque is a Savory Sauce Option that you can Make Yourself!
Instead of getting any store bought jar of barbeque sauce, why not make your own with this fast and easy recipe for a homemade bbq sauce. Once you have the main recipe down pat, you'll be able to get even more creative by adding other ingredients you and your family will love. As a nurse and former restaurant owner, I always choose homemade to make sure to control the ingredients so they're not only tastier but, also healthier without unnecessary ingredients. It's also great for small batches for a single meal or you can double and triple the recipe for large groups and gatherings.
On this page, you'll find quick steps with photos, easy homemade bbq sauce recipe and some of my favorite tools for cooking this recipe, top rated barbeque cookbooks to inspire more recipe ideas and more that you may love too.
This simple homemade barbeque sauce recipe is very fast and easy to make and you probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen cupboards. I've been making my own fast and easy bbq sauce with this recipe for years and think it's just the right mix of sweet, tangy, spicy flavor to add to so many dishes or as a marinade to keep food flavorful and moist. Barbeque sauce can be used on chicken as shown, or pork, ribs, beef and even seafood.
Keep reading to find my own bbq sauce recipe and just four step by step instructions with photos to make it super easy for you to duplicate.
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These are the All Clad Stainless Steel measuring cups I use to make my easy homemade bbq sauce and so much more.
All Clad Measuring Cups I use and love - 4 Star Rating
Start with the right measurements. These stainless steel measuring cups won't absorb odors, they're simple to clean and keep shiny, they don't scratch or dent and they're strong and sturdy! I like the durability of stainless steel, each cup also has the smaller measurements inside, they're super easy to clean and won't absorb food smells, they wear well, won't crack or chip and have lasted for years. I expect them to last forever!
- 1 stick of Margarine or Butter (1/2 Cup)
- 3/4 C Brown Sugar
- 4 tsp Soy or Worcestershire Sauce
- 4 tsp Chili Powder
- 1/4 C Vinegar (I use Rice wine vinegar - you can use white vinegar as well)
- 1/4 C Lemon juice
- 3/4 C Ketchup or catsup!
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- Combine all ingredients listed into your favorite sauce pan, cook on medium heat until boiling.
- Continue to boil 3-5 minutes until the sugars are completely dissolved and the bbq sauce begins to thicken.
- Remove from heat and let stand 3-5 minutes more to further thicken your sauce.
- Taste it.. for sweeter, add a pinch more brown sugar, for spicier add more chili powder.
- Use immediately or refrigerate until needed.
- Note: Place hot or warm bbq sauce uncovered in refrigerator until cooled - then add a lid to keep your homemade bbq sauce fresh for 2-3 weeks.
Homemade BBQ Sauce Step 1 - Gather the ingredients - This part probably takes the longest!
Step 2 - Add all ingredients to your favorite sauce pan
Step 3 - Boil on Medium Heat 3-5 Minutes - Let stand an additional 3-5 minutes as the sauce thickens
I use the 3" pastry brush often for large pieces of food in applying bbq sauce, one swoop and an entire chicken breast is covered in savory sauce! If you don't have pastry brushes yet, you'll use them often. Pastry brushes clean thoroughly in the dishwasher or with warm soapy water, then air dry. You'll find them super affordable here and they'll last for years, mine have.
Pastry Brushes help to add BBQ Sauce without Waste - These are my favorite basting brushes!
I use them for coating lots of my recipes with savory sauces to increase the flavors and to help tenderize meats.
My mom used to use one of those basting bulb syringes but, I find that I really like using pastry brushes instead for more control to get my sauce directly on the meat without it squirting all over. Give them a try and see for yourself.
Making homemade barbeque sauce couldn't be easier!
Quick and Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce Tip:
The longer you cook and reduce your bbq sauce, the thicker it becomes!
Just make sure to simmer it on low heat and watch it stirring continuously to prevent burning/scorching.
Step 4 - Use a Pastry Brush to add BBQ Sauce to Chicken or other meats - Lots of foods taste better with fresh bbq sauce added, don't you agree!
I used my pastry brushes above in this recipe to start basting in the flavor as soon as I cooked it but, if you place it in a jar and cool in the refrigerator it will get thicker!
Best Barbeque Books - to learn more and inspire your own homemade savory sauces!
Barbeque any time of year indoors for many of your baked and sauteed items with an easy barbeque sauce you make yourself!
I hope you'll try this easy recipe for barbeque sauce and then get inspired to always make your own homemade sauces. They're healthier that prepackaged any day. Find more of my healthy recipes below the comments area, thanks for reading.