BBQ sauce is kind of like bacon. Everything tastes better when you add it.
But have you looked at the ingredients on a bottle of storebought BBQ sauce lately? High fructose corn syrup is usually the first or second ingredient listed.
Turns out it’s really easy to make barbecue sauce at home. It only takes a few minutes to whip up a batch. You can use it for all kinds of things — from BBQ ribs, BBQ shrimp or sausage, pulled pork sandwiches to BBQ chicken pizza. You can even use it with highly nutritious natto (Japanese fermented soybeans — extremely high in vitamin K2) — check back tomorrow for the recipe!
This BBQ sauce is a Kansas City barbecue sauce. As opposed to Texas BBQ, North Carolina, or South Carolina BBQ sauce. I don’t use any sugar (with the exception of the sugar in the ketchup). Just honey and good old-fashioned molasses. I make mine mild, but you can make it hotter if you like.
Note: Make sure you use ketchup and Worcestershire sauce that are organic and free of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). You can find these brands at the health food store.
If you’re in a real hurry you can make a shortcut version. Leave out the sauteeing of the onion and garlic in butter. Just mix together some ketchup, honey, molasses, mustard and vinegar, and season with some of the spices. Not AS good but it will still work, and I guarantee you, your family will not complain.
You can also make ahead and store in a quart mason jar in the fridge. It will keep for several weeks. Or make larger batches and freeze.
Homemade BBQ Sauce
Butter (1 tsp)
Garlic (2 cloves)
Paprika (2 TBS)
Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (1/2 tsp)
Sea salt (1/2 tsp) — where to buy sea salt
Ketchup, homemade or use a brand without HFCS (1 cup)
Apple cider vinegar (1 cup) — you can use regular vinegar, too — or lemon juice
Honey (1/2 cup) — where to buy honey
Mustard (1/4 cup)
Molasses (1/8 cup) — where to buy molasses
Worcestershire sauce (2 TBS) — use a brand without HFCS
Chili powder or Tabasco to taste
1. Melt the butter in a saucepan on medium heat.
2. Add the onion and let soften, then add the garlic.
3. Add all the dry ingredients: paprika, black pepper and sea salt.
5. Let simmer on low heat for 10-15 minutes and modify with seasonings to taste.