Barbecue sauce recipes

You can add anything and everything to your own batch of barbecue sauce!

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Pulled pork, pizza, chicken breast, baked beans and more can all benefit from the addition of barbecue sauce. Although you can purchase a bottle containing just about anything, why not make your own and add exactly what you want? Here are three recipes to get you started.

Sweet burn barbecue sauce

Makes 3 cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 1/2 cup prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan and slowly bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and gently simmer until dark and thick, 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Transfer the sauce to a clean bottle or jar and store in the refrigerator, where it will keep for several months.

White barbecue sauce

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a very large blender or food processor.
  2. Blend for 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined and mixture is smooth.
  3. Transfer the sauce to a clean bottle or jar and store in the refrigerator, where it will keep for several months.

Cherry cola barbecue sauce

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle chili sauce
  • 1 (6 ounce) jar cherry preserves or jam
  • 1/2 cup cherry cola (regular, not diet)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add onions and sauté until golden, about 7 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and stir 1 minute.
  4. Stir in chili sauce, preserves, cherry cola, brown sugar, vinegar and bring to simmer, stirring occasionally.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered until it is reduced to 2 cups, stirring often to prevent scorching, about 50 minutes.
  6. Stir in 1 teaspoon of hot pepper sauce.
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper and more hot pepper sauce, if desired.
  8. Transfer the sauce to a clean bottle or jar and store in the refrigerator, where it will keep for several months.

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