This easy, homemade barbecue sauce is savory, spicy, and perfect for your favorite grilled chicken, pulled pork, ribs…whatever sounds good today!When I was growing up, I didn’t know how good I had it. (Isn’t that always the case?)
My mom and my dad made a fantastic barbecue tag team. My dad tended the ribs on the grill, and my mom made an unbelievably delicious sauce. This sauce was a secret family recipe…in that it was not written down. As I learned when I left home and tried to recreate my mom’s recipes, these dishes are secret inasmuch as she does not use real measurement tools and never put anything on paper. This barbecue sauce was no exception.
When, recently, I wanted to make my mom’s barbecue sauce for a grilled chicken recipe, she happily divulged the recipe, claiming it was no secret…it was just merely locked securely in her head with no prejudice towards sharing with the outside world.
And now I get to share this classic homemade barbecue sauce with you!
Now, the Fourth of July is coming up. The entire nation is breaking out their grills and tongs and bbq-friendly beers. Have you been searching for the right sauce? Has your mother been keeping it under wraps?? Give this one a shot!
Homemade BBQ sauce is easy and adaptable.
What I love about this sauce is that it isn’t too sweet. Most bottled barbeque sauces tend towards the sugary side. I have nothing against a sauce with some sweetness, but many store-bought varieties are just too much for my taste buds. My mom’s version – well, I’m biased – but it’s just the right balance of savory and spicy, with a hint of molasses but a good dose of chili powder and tomato to even it out.
Again, biased, but I think it’s perfect on chicken, and also pretty darn tasty on ribs and pulled pork.
The beauty of a “no-recipe recipe” is that the cook can adjust it to taste. Need a little more salt, or acid, or molasses? Go right ahead, chef! These ingredients are merely guidelines – they’ll give you a delicious sauce, but they’re happy to defer to your family’s tastes.
Spoiler alert: we have a recipe coming up later this week for brined bbq chicken. And this sauce is absolutely what you need for that recipe. But you didn’t hear that from me!
Try it, dip it, slather it, and let us know what you think!
- One 15 oz. can tomato sauce
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 1 teaspoon molasses
- A few dashes of Worcestershire sauce, to taste
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
- 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice, to taste
- ¼ cup chili powder (more or less, to taste)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Mix all ingredient together in a small saucepan over low heat.
- Simmer for about an hour. Taste and adjust seasonings to taste.
- Use with chicken, pork, or any other barbecued meat. Serve extra for dipping.
Adjust all ingredients to taste - personal preference is the most important part!
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