Homemade BBQ Sauce

Creating a homemade BBQ sauce is possibly the biggest step that you can take to improve your barbecuing. If there's just one thing that you can to do to improve your food it's mastering a good recipe for barbecue sauce. The recipe below is for a relatively easy homemade barbeque sauce

Homemade BBQ Sauce


A good sauce will bring out and improve the flavour of your barbecue food significantly. That's not to say that it'll make badly cooked food taste good because it won't. Both your barbecue food and your homemade BBQ sauce need to be well made and when put together the result will be more than twice as good.

Barbecue sauce is generally always used with the likes of ribs, burgers, chicken and brisket, but you can make a barbecue sauce for use with all types of BBQ food including fish. You can make a general all purpose homemade BBQ sauce that will go with almost everything or when you really get in to making sauces you'll want to make different sauces for different types of food.

The foundation of the sauce can be tomato, vinegar, mustard, mayonnaise, or a variety of other ingredients. For more information on how to build a sauce from scratch, see the related article on how to build your homemade barbecue sauce recipe.

The home made BBQ sauce recipe below is an all purpose sauce. Why all purpose sauce? Well sometimes you just don't know which sauce to serve because you're not sure what you're guests will like.

This barbecue sauce recipe is tasty but not too strongly flavoured and so will go nicely with most barbecued food. Try this one and adapt it to suit your own taste - you'll end up with your own unique sauce recipe. This great all purpose sauce is suitable for plain chicken, meat, sausages and burgers. It's also good as a marinade for all meats.

Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Serves: 6

  1. 1 small onion, finely chopped
  2. 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  3. 1 red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
  4. 4 large tomatoes, chopped
  5. 4 tablespoons of tomato ketchup
  6. 2 teaspoons of mustard
  7. 2 teaspoons of sugar
  8. 1 tablespoon of vegatable oil
  9. 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
  10. 1 tablespoon of light soy sauce
  11. 1 bay leaf salt and freshly ground pepper

1. Heat the oil in a frying pan and gently cook the onion, garlic and chilli until the onion is soft and golden brown.
2. Add the tomatoes, tomato ketchup, mustard, sugar, vineger, soy sauce and bay leaf. Bring to the boil, stirring frequently. Then cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes until thickened and pulpy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
3. Liquidise to make a smooth sauce, or leave chunky if preferred.

Related homemade barbecue sauce articles.
How to Build a Barbecue Sauce Recipe
Chinese Barbecue Sauce
Texas BBQ Sauce
White Barbecue Sauce



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