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New to BBQ sauce. Never made one before and looking for an easy starter recipe

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I love BBQ and BBQ sauce too. Ive never made one before but would very much like to try it. What is a good recipe to start off with to make some at home that will give me a lil more experience with more complicated or more ingredient heavy sauces. What did you start off with to make your own BBQ?  I wanna bbq and be able to have home made stuff instead of the bottle. Thnx in advance. :)

post #2 of 11
I thought I had this online already, guess not.

1/2 cup diced onion
2 - 3 cloves garlic, minced

3/4 cup ketchup
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup vinegar (I used Apple cider vinegar)
3 T molasses
3 T Worcestershire sauce
1 t black pepper
1 t ground cumin
1 t chili powder

Sweat the onion and garlic in a bit of oil, maybe 5 minutes. Dump in everything else, simmer for 15 - 20 minutes. If you want a smoother sauce without the onion chunks you can substitute onion and garlic powder. You may like to add a few tablespoons of mustard. Basically any of the dressed up ketchup recipes can be treated as just a starting point for your own experimentation.

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post #3 of 11

The most important thing about making a BBQ sauce is knowing what spices you like to incorporate into the sauce for your family or customers. Some people like more Vinegar, some more brown sugar, some more ketchup, some more smoke, and so on. What I may think is good, could get me hung in Texas or tar and feathered in Virginia. ..............Chefbillyb

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That's a good point.

 

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post #5 of 11

For sauce and other bbq recipes, visit this BBQ website.

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A few years ago, I started barbecuing  without any sauce. I do baste most rotisserie foods with oil. Many people have asked me what I use for flavor. When I tell them I just use fire, they seem to think I am hiding something from them. After trying this for awhile, I threw out all my barbecue sauces.

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A few years ago, I started barbecuing  without any sauce. I do baste most rotisserie foods with oil. Many people have asked me what I use for flavor. When I tell them I just use fire, they seem to think I am hiding something from them. After trying this for awhile, I threw out all my barbecue sauces.


Ditto, here and I live in the deep south.  However in all fairness to sauces, my favorite sauced bbq food came out of Everett and Jones BBQ located in Berkeley, California.  And this was in the 1980's and so I dunno' if they're still around.
 

 

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post #8 of 11
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just wanted a starter recipe as a jumping off point. But i like bbq sauce for other things too not just the actual meat. i like to throw it in anything i can. i dunno why but especially burgers, hot dogs and potatoe salad. dont ask me why just do.

post #9 of 11

My "go to" bbq sauce recipe is made from ketchup, dijon mustard ( just a bit and i use the grainy  one not the smooth one), worcestershire, brown sugar (equal to the amount of mustard or just  a little less) and a splash of red wine (or white wine) vinegar.  I'm sorry I don't have exact amounts but I just do it by taste and sight.

 

 

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post #10 of 11

A lot of basics already covered. If you want a smooth texture and to cook real onion/garlic/peppers and not the powders, you could always puree it after cooking.

post #11 of 11

I really don't like the typical bbq sauce you get at restaurants or from supermarkets. It's always too sickly sweet. I've tried a few home made recipes that I love though. I'll add teamfat's one to the list to try.

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