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this smoky sweet and tangy barbecue sauce is incredibly easy to make and versatile – once you try it you’ll want to use this sauce all the time!
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I have been making this smoky sweet and tangy barbecue sauce for as long as I can remember. The recipe came from my mom and I can tell you she has no idea where it came from. I’m sure we’ve tweaked it over the years too.
Better than anything I have found in the bottle, and so easy to make, this 7 ingredient sauce takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish. It is great to make ahead and refrigerate; it should keep for a few weeks (probably even more).
I love this barbecue sauce. Since I started making it, I almost never buy store bought.
But you guys know, sometimes life happens, and a bottle of store bought is all I can muster.
I use Liquid Smoke in this recipe to give the sauce that slow cooked barbecue flavor. It adds a deep smoky flavor to the sauce, so even if you don’t use a grill, you will still get a touch of that smoky flavor.
But beware, it can be intense so you only need a little bit.
The ingredients are really quite simple. It takes me 5 minutes (not even) to measure everything out and get it ready to “cook.” Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan over medium-low heat and stir until butter is melted. Continue to stir until sauce starts to bubble. Then you’re done.
I mean guys, come on. There is no excuse to not make your sauce from scratch. You know I’m a
bit lot lazy, and I don’t even mind making this sauce. It is so much better than store bought, I can’t even compare.
And it’s prefect for chicken. Ooooh, and ribs. And beef, and pork, and potatoes. Yes potatoes. Really, guys, this stuff is good on everything. Try it on a burger. I haven’t done this yet, but I’ll bet it’s tasty!
Now that you’re on a sauce kick, check out some of these other awesome sauce recipes:
Homemade Barbecue Sauce
- Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan over medium-low heat and stir until butter is melted.
- Continue to stir until sauce starts to bubble. Remove from heat and let cool. Transfer to a jar with a lid for storing.
- Be sure to continue stirring so it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan;
- Add 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper if you'd like a little spice in your sauce;
- Add a whole chipotle crushed chipotle pepper in adobo sauce for more spice and a deeper flavor to the sauce;
- For a tangier sauce, add in a couple tablespoons of apple cider vinegar;
- Store it in a covered container in the fridge for about 10 days;
- Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight. Keep in mind the consistency may change slightly when using previously frozen sauce.