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Barbecue Sauce

barbeque sauce recipesBarbecue sauce is my hands-down favorite condiment of all time. I put barbecue sauce on grilled chicken, steak, dip my french fries in it, pretty much everything. I ask for it at every restaurant that we go to. I have tried lots and lots of barbecue sauces and recipes and this one is my favorite by far. It is an Ina Garten recipe. What I like about this barbecue sauce is that it has so many different flavors going on. Sweet, tangy, mustardy, a little heat. It is a perfect all around sauce. The other thing that I like about this recipe is that it makes a huge quantity. I sometimes make a double batch and have enough for the whole summer and a few to give away as a gift.

This could not be easier to make either. You cook some onions and then put everything else into the pot to simmer. Not hard.

Don’t be put off by the ingredient list. I know that it looks like a lot of stuff. It really is a lot of stuff. But the end result is so worth it.

home made barbecue sauce recipesI forgot one. Oops.

home made barbecue sauce recipes1 large onion chopped
3 cloves garlic chopped
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup tomato paste
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup honey
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 cup Dijon mustard
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 cup hoisin sauce
2 Tablespoons chili powder
1 Tablespoon cumin
1/2 Tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes

barbecue sauce recipesIn a large pot cook the onions and garlic in the vegetable oil over medium low heat. Cook until translucent, about 10-15 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Your counters may or may not look like a bomb went off.

barbeque sauce recipeDon’t ask me why the cheese grater is out. My husband “forgets” where things go when unloading the dishwasher and leaves stuff on the counter for me to “find” and put in the right place.

barbecue sauce recipeSimmer uncovered on low heat for 30 minutes. You can either leave it alone or get all fancy like me and use my new immersion blender (that I happen to be obsessed with right now) and make it super smooth. The choice is entirely up to you. It tastes just as delicious chunky. I put mine in Mason jars with cute ribbon. Remember I just told you that I am fancy? You could can these the correct way, but I don’t. I must confess that I am afraid of canning. There are so many rules. I am scared of making someone sick. So I just keep it in the fridge. It doesn’t last very long anyway. If anyone has some good resources on canning, please share them with the class in the comments section.

Make some. Share it. Bring it to the next summer barbecue that you get invited to. Bring the recipe because you are going to get asked for it anyway.

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Barbecue Sauce


Ingredients

  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 Tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. In a large pot cook the onions and garlic in the vegetable oil over medium low heat. Cook until translucent, about 10-15 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Your counters may or may not look like a bomb went off.
  2. Don’t ask me why the cheese grater is out. My husband “forgets” where things go when unloading the dishwasher and leaves stuff on the counter for me to “find” and put in the right place.
  3. Simmer uncovered on low heat for 30 minutes. You can either leave it alone or get all fancy like me and use my new immersion blender and make it super smooth. The choice is entirely up to you. It tastes just as delicious chunky. I put mine in Mason jars with cute ribbon.

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  1. Memoria

    April 21st, 2010 at 11:23 am

    I’ve been wanting to make my own bbq sauce. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  2. bakedbree

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    it is really, really good. Your house will smell so good afterward!

  3. Lisa VanBuskirk

    April 21st, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Bree, I haven’t tried canning myself, but when and if I do, Sunset magazine has some nice steps and recipes (with pictures): https://www.sunset.com/food-wine/techniques/how-to-can-fruits-vegetables-00400000046919/

    or another blog I read has a few specific recipes for Apricots and Salsa:
    https://www.mynewoldschool.com/2009/07/29/canning-apricots/ and https://www.mynewoldschool.com/2009/08/21/pressure-canning-salsa/

    P.S. Love the website, new devoted reader/fan!

  4. bakedbree

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    thank you! I really need to get over my fear of canning.

  5. Di

    January 31st, 2014 at 9:21 am

    I can almost anything :). A good resource book/cookbook is Esther shank’s Mennonite country style recipes & secrets. Last page of index is all canning freezing & preserving. Very easy 🙂

  6. Kate

    April 21st, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    just last night i said to my husband “i should really make my own barbecue sauce. this plastic bottle stuff is no good.” thank you!

  7. bakedbree

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    it is so easy and tastes so much better.

  8. Barbecue

    April 21st, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Hey, interesting bbq sauce you got here, well done. I also like cooking my own bbq sauce, trying different spices and stuffs from different barbecue joints I’ve been. It’s like getting the best thing (at least in my opinion) from their barbecue then putting it all together hoping you’ll come up with something delish!

  9. bakedbree

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I agree. that is why I like this sauce, it is a bunch of different types of bbq sauce rolled into one.

  10. Tupper

    April 22nd, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Great idea- heading to camp this weekend and I’m going to make some of this tonight for the weekend. This’ll make great gifts too- Thanks for this one!

  11. marla {family fresh cooking}

    April 22nd, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Great recipe for BBQ sauce. We love it around here too! My go-to condiment is salsa. xo

  12. bakedbree

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I love salsa too. My husband eats it on everything!

  13. Deanna

    April 22nd, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I love bbq sauce. I’ve been known to dip my potato salad in it. I’ve been meaning to try Ina’s recipe for awhile I just have to gather all of the ingredients.

  14. kathryn

    April 23rd, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I think you said you had the “You Grow Girl” book… do you have her other one “Grow Great Grub”? She has a little section on canning in there. =} My mom and grandma always did it when I was a kid… I am curious to try, too. I am sure I am going to need to do something with all the veggies I am going to gather from my garden this year. =} Love the recipes you are sharing…Thank you! I am trying to get back into the groove of cooking delicious meals for my family.

  15. bakedbree

    April 26th, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I don’t have that one… will have to pick it up. I am going to try to can something before the season is over. I am thinking pickles.

  16. Barefoot Belle

    April 25th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    This is my absolute favorite BBQ sauce! I’m actually spoiled because of this stuff–I can no longer stand bottled sauces! Does that make me a BBQ snob?

  17. bakedbree

    April 26th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    isn’t it the best? it really is hard to beat. and no, not a snob at all… just a person with good taste.

  18. cindy

    April 26th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    the sauce looks great! my fiance also “forgets” where things go when emptying the dishwasher and leaves them on the counter as well…

  19. bakedbree

    April 26th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    must be a man thing!

  20. Tessa

    June 29th, 2011 at 6:50 am

    I’m still trying to figure out how you convinced them to unload the dishwasher. My husband is proud of himself if he puts his own dishes in the sink. I need a lesson!

    I just (this week) made my first attempt at canning (pickles). It’s so stressful though. You have to wait 2-3 weeks to even know if they taste good. This website has a lot of information. https://www.canningusa.com/

  21. bakedbree

    June 29th, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I cook, he cleans. It has always been that way. Thanks for the canning site!

  22. Mimi G. Koernig

    June 11th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    bree,

    sauce is delicious as advertised!!! BUT, and i have this probelm ALL the time, my immersion blender never seems to get things smooth and i end up making a mess! any thoughts? so glad i looked you up today for dinner! it’s going to be habit. xo

  23. bakedbree

    June 13th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I use a really big bowl to blend it in. I think that helps with the splash. I have not used it to make something that needed to be super smooth, I don’t mind some chunks in sauces. You could always use a blender or food processor.

  24. Bill Brikiatis

    March 16th, 2011 at 5:13 am

    I have a food allergy to garlic, but love barbecue sauce. Do you think there are any ingredients that I can substitute for garlic?

  25. bakedbree

    March 17th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I would just leave it out. It will still be delicious.

  26. Natalie Boenker

    June 29th, 2011 at 6:37 am

    How long will this stay in the fridge? Thanks!

  27. bakedbree

    June 29th, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    a few weeks. Mine never lasts very long. I usually give a few away and I use it on a lot of things.

  28. Paula at Dishing The Divine

    June 29th, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I have been looking for an amazing bbq sauce! I’ll have to try this one! 🙂

  29. bakedbree

    June 29th, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    DO! It is the best one ever.

  30. chris

    June 30th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    im going to try this! thanks for posting it.
    as for the husbands and the boys who cannot remember
    where stuff goes
    it must be in their chromosomes.
    i have 2 girls (21,&23 and moved out) and a 14 year old son (and a 41 year old husband..lol)
    anyway the girls never “forgot” where something went and they arent clean freaks or super organized… they arent even a little organized. my son and husband are always leaving stuff on the counter. i used to put the stuff away, now i call whomever and show them where is goes and they put it away. it hasnt taken long for them to do much better at it! thankfully.

  31. bakedbree

    July 3rd, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    LOL!! Maybe I should take pictures and leave them on the cabinets of what should go inside.

  32. Nicole

    March 12th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Just made this and wow I love it! My only regret is I halved it. 🙂 Delicious!!

  33. bakedbree

    March 15th, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I always make the whole batch and give some away. But only because I am nice, not because I can’t use it all. 🙂

  34. Amber

    July 14th, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Is there a sub ingredient for the hoisin sauce? I have everything else but that.

  35. bakedbree

    July 15th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I cannot think of anything, it has a very distinct flavor. I think that it is worth a trip to the store.

  36. Rachel

    July 24th, 2012 at 12:19 am

    How many jars does this make and what size jars do you use? Can’t wait to try this! Thanks!

  37. bakedbree

    August 6th, 2012 at 11:24 am

    4 pints and 2 large ones. Approximately. 🙂

  38. Jessica

    July 6th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Sooo, I am a die hard BBQ sauce fan. Like you I pit it on everything. I’ve made it from a few different recipes. The last one I made was ok, too vinegary for our taste. My question is -hoisin….not a huge fan. Would you leave it out in this case or does it not stand out in the sauce? Second question,no liquid smoke? Just curios as to why…have you played with that at all? 🙂

  39. bakedbree

    July 22nd, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    It doesn’t taste like it at all, it just adds something to it. I have never used liquid smoke, sorry! This recipe is from Barefoot Contessa and is my all time favorite bbq sauce recipe.

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