Having looked at the ingredients of many bottled and pre-packaged foods has me looking for many ways to make things from scratch. I have found that freshly prepared foods have way better flavor. And in many ways is much better for you. Now, how organic you go is up to you. Such as this recipe calls for ketchup. I do used bottled ketchup. There are those who make their own. I am trying to find a balance between convenience and healthy eating. Should you choose to prepare your own ketchup, that is awesome. I’m not there yet.
This barbecue sauce was my first attempt at making a sauce from scratch. I was amazed at how easy and delicious it was. I used it to put over a pork roast in a crock pot. I then removed the roast, shredded it, put it back in to the crock pot and added a bit more sauce. My family went mad over it. Now I make my own sauce most of the time. You can vary the recipe to your taste, it’s very flexible. I’ll give you the main ingredients, then list some additions you can make to it.
Homemade Barbecue Sauce
1 1/2 cups Ketchup
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
3 Tbsp Vinegar (I used white, but you can use red wine)
3 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 cup Water
Combine all of these ingredients in a pot and simmer, stirring occasionally until thickened to desired thickness. Will keep in the fridge for around a week in a sealed bottle or container. Can be frozen and defrosted later, but loses some of its thickness.
This is a simple base for the barbecue sauce. It is the additional ingredients that will make it your own. Here are some ideas for what you can add to the sauce.
1/2 cup Honey
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 tsp Mustard Powder
Chili Power – to your own tastes
Hot Sauce – to your own tastes, but only start with a drop or two
Liquid Smoke – follow the directions on your bottle
1/2 tsp Cumin (adds a bit of a smokey flavor)
2 Tbsp Prepared Mustard
1/3 cup Real Bacon Bits
I have made the sauce many different ways, adding one or more of these ingredients for flavor. It depends on what I am using the sauce on as to what I add to it. The honey sauce goes great on chicken, while we like it kicked up a notch for the pork barbecue. A nice way to do it is to make the base recipe in advance and then when reheating it, add additional flavors. But let the sauce simmer awhile if you do it that way to get a good combining of the flavors. I hope you enjoy creating your own mixtures for your family to love.