Great BBQ Sauce is really a labor of love. It doesn’t take millions of ingredients or complicated recipes, but it does take time and effort.
I get a lot of emails from people wanting to know what BBQ sauce we use… and the simple answer is that we make our own because we know that its not the sauce that makes the difference, it’s the ingredients.
Really, when you get right down to it – it’s not about having a ton of ingredients, it’s not about some “secret” that goes into your BBQ sauce… it’s all about the QUALITY that you use that makes the difference in the taste.
If you use a good, simple BBQ Sauce Recipe and get the absolute freshest ingredients possible, then you are going to have a sauce that people will think is some old family secret (and you should let them think that – i do!).
All the guys out there that claim they have some “secret” really have a special ingredient they either make themselves, a herb they grind themselves or something they grow themselves.
The exact same BBQ recipe will taste completely different if you use homegrown, fresh tomatoes vs. can tomatoes. Same thing goes for fresh herbs and spices that you grind yourself vs. buying some old, cheap spice at the grocery store. I could go on and on…. but you get the point.
Any BBQ sauce you buy off the shelf at your grocery store has preservatives, additives and old, processed ingredients… and that is why we don’t use store-bought sauce.
If you want a simple BBQ sauce that will easy to make and better than any other recipe you will find on the internet or in any BBQ recipe book… then use the following sauce recipe…
* 16 oz Tomato Sauce (fresh tomatoes peeled and stewed are going to give you a much, much better flavor and texture)
* 16 oz Ketchup (make this yourself or buy the top brand)
* 12 oz Chili Sauce
* 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
* 1 cup Brown Sugar
* 1 cup Corn Syrup or Molasses (buy locally at a fruit stand, farmers market or specialty grocery store)
* 1/2 cup Honey (buy locally at a fruit stand, farmers market or specialty grocery store)
* 1 TBS Worcestershire Sauce
* 1 TBS Soy Sauce
* 1/2 cup Dry Rub (recipe at www.howtobbqright.com/cookingbbq.html)
* 1 TBS Hot Sauce
In a large pot combine the above ingredients over medium heat. Be sure to stir really well to incorporate the brown sugar and dry spices. Simmer for 30 minutes stirring often.
This is the basic, simple recipe that you need. You can modify it based on your tastes and what fresh, local ingredients you have. Even if you just use can ingredients you are going to get a good, solid sauce that is better than anything else you can get off the shelf of your grocery store… but with every fresh, local and organic ingredient you add – you are going to take the taste to a whole, new level.