How to Make The Perfect Barbecue Sauce

I am here to end all controversies. We will not discuss what constitute a real barbecue (or is it BBQ, barbeque or whatever). We might not agree on the right grilling method, choice of meat (or veggie), or the best cookout recipes. One thing we will all agree on, however, is that the secret to a good barbecue grilling lies in the finger-licking sauce used. This weekend, I am trying a new barbecue sauce recipe a friend recommended. I just had to submit it to your expert appreciation.

What you need for the barbecue sauce

  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • cayenne pepper
  • ground chipotle powder
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 garlic cloves

What you do

1. Put onion and garlic together in a mixer and process into a puree;

2. Add the puree and the oil into a skillet. Brown the mixture over medium-high heat, stirring frequently;

3. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until the sauce thickens and starts to darken. It should take about 45 minutes. Don’t forget to stir from times to times to make sure the barbecue sauce cooks evenly.

4. Reheat and use as needed.

What you get

The result should be 3-4 cups of lip-smacking barbecue sauce to coat ribs, steak, chicken, and burgers. For a veggie-friendly option, replace the Worcestershire sauce with a vegetarian-style variant.

After this simple multipurpose barbecue sauce recipe, we can now go back to disagreeing. The greatness of the American barbecue sauce is that it has different varieties. Depending on which part of the country you are, you will argue that the base ingredient of a barbecue sauce should be either tomato, mustard or vinegar. So, chances you are in total disagreement with this recipe I provided. Good. Give your opinion in the comment section below. Better yet, share your own ultimate barbecue sauce recipe with us, and join us next week, same time, as we present the 3 best recipes we will receive.