Homemade Hickory Barbecue Sauce

Homemade Hickory BBQ Sauce

Homemade Hickory Barbecue Sauce

My suggestion to you, is that you should always have a batch of BBQ sauce on hand to add to your ribs, pork, chicken or even beef whenever the cravings hit. Whether you are preparing your ribs in a pressure cooker, oven or on the grill this BBQ adds so much flavor! It is the perfect combination of sweet and smoked flavors.

Homemade BBQ Sauce

Ingredients Needed To Make The Hickory BBQ Sauce

  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Tomato Paste
  • Tomato Sauce or Puree
  • Brown Sugar Sweetener 
  • Sugar Free Ketchup
  • Water
  • Molasses
  • Pink Himalaya Salt
  • Minced Garlic
  • Minced Onions
  • Mustard Powder
  • Hickory Liquid Smoke
  • Maple Syrup
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Paprika
  • Celery Seed
  • Ground Black Pepper

How to Make Homemade BBQ Sauce:

  • Place minced onion and garlic in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Cook gently over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes until softened, stirring occasionally.
  • Add all ingredients into the large saucepan and mix together until smooth.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Blend the sauce in a blender. Put it back in the saucepan and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool. The sauce will thicken slightly as it cools.

Adaptations:

  • Spicy BBQ Sauce: Add ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper  Taste, and add more if desired.
  • Honey BBQ Sauce: Add ¼ cup honey.
  • Make it less sweet:  Cut the sugar in half.
  • For BBQ ranch: add a couple tablespoons to homemade ranch.

How to Use Your BBQ Sauce:

  • BBQ Marinade: Marinate grilled chicken, pulled pork, and ribs or spread it on top of any bbq meats during the grilling process.
  • Condiment: Spread it over the top of your homemade nachos, salads, tacos, meatloaf, or on the bun of your juicy hamburger or chicken burger.
  • Dipping sauce: dip meats and vegetables in it or stir a couple tablespoons into your homemade ranch for a BBQ ranch twist.
  • Pizza sauce: spread it over bbq chicken pizza crust or create your own favorite pizza and drizzle it over top.

Make Ahead And Freezing Instructions:

To make ahead: Store in a container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

To freeze: allow to cool completely and store in a freezer safe bag or container for up to 3 months.  Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Hickory Barbecue Sauce

Recipe by Lucy ChesnaCourse: Appetizers, MainCuisine: American
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Calories

289

kcal
Total time

45

minutes

My suggestion to you, is that you should always have a batch of BBQ sauce on hand to add to your ribs, pork, chicken or even beef whenever the cravings hit. Whether you are preparing your ribs in a pressure cooker, oven or on the grill this BBQ adds so much flavor! It is the perfect combination of sweet and smoked flavors.

Ingredients

  • 2- 8 ounces tomato puree or sauce

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 small onion, diced

  • 2-3 gloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 cup ketchup

  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup molasses

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar

  • 3 to 4 drops flavored liquid smoke

  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika or regular paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground mustard

  • 1 teaspoon crushed bay leaves

  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (optional)

  • 1 ½ cups of cold water

Directions

  • Place minced onion and garlic in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Cook gently over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes until softened, stirring occasionally.
  • Add all ingredients into the large saucepan and mix together until smooth.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Blend the sauce in a blender. Put it back in the saucepan and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool. The sauce will thicken slightly as it cools.

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