Barbecue Sauce Recipe

by katerina on August 3, 2009

I like my barbecue sauce spicy, tangy and sweet – in that order. I certainly don’t claim to be an expert on BBQ but this is my best batch of ribs yet and the barbecue sauce is also the best I have made. Maybe it is because I put bacon in it? Just a thought.

You see, I feel strongly about ribs. There is nothing worse then ribs that aren’t cooked enough to come off the bone easily or that are covered in an overly sweet sauce. That was what we got when we went out for dinner last week, and it made me want to correct the situation with some ribs done right. As far as I am concerned ribs are easy, at least the way I make them which follows.

If you need some tips on cooking ribs, check out this how-to on cooking ribs.

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Barbecue Sauce

(1 cup)
Adapted from Barbecue Bible

1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small onion, minced
1/4 green pepper, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon hot chile flakes
2 pieces charred bacon, crumbled (you could also use liquid smoke I bet too!)
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

Saute the onion, garlic, and green pepper in the oil over medium heat for 5 minutes or until softened. Add bacon and cook for another minute. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and simmer uncovered, stirring often until thickened. Taste and correct for seasoning adding salt, sugar or vinegar as needed.


Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 20 minutes | Total Time:30 minutes
Calories(approximate per serving): 500



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