Thursday, July 15, 2010

My Vintage Kitchen: Homemade Barbecue Sauce

This recipe originally appeared on my other blog, My Vintage Kitchen.  I wanted to repost it here to share with my Under the Big Oak Tree readers!  I hope you enjoy this recipe. 

We usually use store bought barbecue sauce but we ran out a couple weeks ago. The store was sold out of our favorite brand (Famous Dave's Sweet & Zesty) and I didn't care for the brand that Joe bought instead. It had way too much smoke flavor for my taste. 

I checked out my Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book (it's seen better days) and found a basic recipe. I was happy that I had all of the ingredients needed. As always, I adapted this recipe to suit our tastes and added or switched some of the ingredients.

Easy Barbecue Sauce


1 C. ketchup
1/4 C. apple cider vinegar
1/2 C. water
1 1/2 T. brown sugar
1 T. Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
1 T. brown mustard
3 T. finely diced onion
1 T. finely diced celery
1/4 tsp. celery seed
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 oz. liquid smoke
several dashes of Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce
ground black pepper to taste


In a small sauce pot, stir together all ingredients. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring often. After sauce comes to a boil, reduce heat and simmer (uncovered) until sauce is thick, stirring often.

A couple of years ago, I never would have made my own barbecue sauce.  I wouldn't have even thought to do it.  I'm so happy that I made this sauce, it was so easy and so much cheaper than the store bought sauces.   I think we'll be sticking with this sauce for more daily use and save our favorites store bought brand as a treat. 

I'm linking this recipe to the Ultimate Recipe Swap hosted by Life As Mom.
Check out the "So Long to Summer Blog BBQ" over at Singing with Birds: 

Singing With Birds


ginger-n-wyo said...

I love to make my own BBQ sauce. I have several versions depending on what I'm using it for: basting, dipping, etc. I usually add molasses or honey in addition to brown sugar.

Renée said...

Hi Alison,

Your sauce looks delish! Thanks so much for bringing it to our BBQ and have a happy weekend!

Carol said...

Sauce looks great! Love homemade, copying yours, especially with the Chipotle Tabasco! Thanks!
We like Famous Dave's, too!

Debbie said...

Even thought there are great bottled sauces out there, I find that the best ones I eat end up being someone's concoction or private recipe! This one sounds delicious. That Chipotle Tabasco is the jazzy extra!

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