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Monday, August 8, 2011

The Basics of Making Barbecue Sauces

Okay, I promise the readers that I would write about Barbecue sauces. The basics of making your own sauce is really quite easy. What I will do, is give you four basic recipes, then from there you can just let your imagination run wild and build anything you like.

The four basic ingredients are:

  • Vinegar and Pepper
  • Mustard
  • Light Tomato
  • Heavy Tomato
Basic Tomato Based Barbecue Sauce:


2 tbsp. oil
1 onion, minced
1 tbsp tomato puree
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. mustard
2 tbsp. Worcestershire
1/2 c. water

Pour the oil into a saucepan and add the onions, saute until the onions are translucent. About 3-4 minutes. Stir in the tomato puree and then add the remaining ingredients. The reason to stir in the puree in first, is so that you get a smooth sauce. Otherwise you could get tomato lumps in the sauce and that don't look too good. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 10-15 minutes.

Now we'll move on to a Vinegar based sauce. This is a standard base for sauces if you want something with a little heat to it.

Basic Vinegar and Pepper Based Barbecue Sauce:


1 c. white wine vinegar
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 c. water
2 tsp. Worcestershire
1 tsp. Tabasco or other hot pepper sauce

Throw all the ingredients into a saucepan, heat over medium heat and stir until the sugar has completely dissolved.

The basic Mustard Barbecue sauce originated in the North and South Carolinas. According to their history, it was heavily influenced by the German immigrants that settled there a couple hundred years ago. This sauce is designed primarily for Pork.

Basic Mustard Based Barbecue Sauce:


8 oz. mustard
4 oz. balsamic vinegar
5 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. Worcestershire
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. cayenne pepper

Here all you do is mix the ingredients into a saucepan and let it simmer for about 30 minutes.

Now that I gave you the basics, all you need to do is see what your imagination can do. You can try adding apple cider vinegar, orange juice, honey etc. Whatever you want to try is entirely up to you. So get out your grill and have a barbecue with your friends and family and show off your homemade Barbecue sauce.

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