A Basic Barbecue Sauce
Monday, April 13, 2009 at 11:09PM
Steve in Barbecue, Sauce

When I have time, I make my own barbecue sauce. I find it works best for me to make the sauce the night before I plan on cooking the barbecue, since 'smoking' day is usually activity filled enough.

This is the basic recipe that I follow, it was based on the Dinosaur BBQ recipe, with some changes mixed in for how I think it works best.


Vegetable Oil - about 4 or 5 tablespoons

1 medium onion minced

1 large or 2 medium green peppers minced

jalapeno peppers - 2 minced, this is a preference thing, you can use 1 or 3, or skip them altogether

4 or 5 cloves of garlic minced up small, again a preference thing, you should use some but could cut it back a bit

2 cups ketchup

1 can 28 or 29 oz tomato sauce

1 cup water

1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce

3/4 apple cider vinegar

juice of two lemons

tabasco, again depending on your preference for heat, i use maybe 3 or 4 tablespoons

1/4 cup spicy brown mustard

1 cup dark brown sugar

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons black pepper

Salt (Sea or Kosher are best)

Ground black pepper


In a large saucepan or a Dutch Oven on medium-high heat, cook up the onions, green peppers, and jalapenos in the oil.  Cook until soft. Season with some salt and pepper.  Add the garlic and cook just a bit more before starting with the wet ingredients.

Next start dumping in all the remaining ingedients, one at a time, and mix everything up good.  Bring the sauce to a boil, then turn the heat down so you get a nice simmer going.  Taste at this point to check for seasoning, spice levels, etc.  Simmer for at least thirty minutes, but even up to an hour is ok. 

Remove from heat and you are all set to go.  This sauce is a nice, middle of the road basic BBQ sauce, not too spicy, not too sweet.  I like it best on beef, but it works with pork or chicken too.

It keeps really well in the fridge for at least a week I would say.




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