I do like making my own barbecue sauces. The bottled ones are a) expensive and b) expensive. My prejudice is showing I suppose. I do buy the bottled ones now and then when they’re on sale at rock-bottom prices. I then keep them in the pantry “for emergencies” but I rarely have an emergency that doesn’t allow for 2o minutes of mixing up some homemade sauce. I’ve learned I like ones that start with ketchup, vinegar, and brown sugar. I don’t like liquid smoke seasoning. Perhaps if I wasn’t actually barbecuing the liquid smoke would be okay but it tastes and smells false to me.
Barbecue Sauce with Steak Sauce, Honey and Mustard
- 1 1/2 cups ketchup
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar firmly packed of course!
- 2 Tbs butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp steak sauce like A1
- 2 tsp honey
- 1 tsp mustard the liquid yellow kind, not the dry
- 1/4 tsp or more cayenne
- Mix everything together in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Simmer, partially covered to avoid horrid splatters on your stove, about half an hour, stirring frequently.
I cooked ribs to go with this, it being Memorial Day weekend and all.
I went looking for my rib recipe to link to and realized I’d never posted it. I like to do a dry rub of some kind on baby back ribs and then grill over very low indirect heat (less than 300 degrees F) for a few hours. I serve the sauce on the side, rather than risking burning the ribs.