Doesn’t it make you happy when you find out how easy it is to make something from scratch?
Barbecue sauce is soooo easy to make.
I must admit that I generally purchase barbecue sauce. It is just one of those things that I thought was easier for me to grab from the store than to make it at home. But then one day we were out of sauce, and I decided to try to make my own. It’s surprising how easy it is to whip up, and how amazingly tasty it is when you make it yourself!
I like barbecue sauce to be a little sweet and a little spicy, so that’s how I made this version. I used honey for the sweetness, but you could use agave or maple syrup if you prefer. You can also adjust the level of spiciness by adding more or less cayenne pepper to this sauce.
This sauce thick and rich, sweet and spicy, and is perfect for brushing on chicken, ribs, or anything else you can think of to grill!
Homemade Barbecue Sauce.
- 1/3 cup tomato paste
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 1/2 Tablespoons honey or agave or maple syrup
- 1 Tablespoon molasses
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 1/4 teaspoons chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Mix all spices in a small bowl and set aside.
In a small sauce pan, combine the tomato paste, water, honey, molasses, and apple cider vinegar. Stir well. Add the spices and stir until incorporated.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low.
Cook over low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
If you would prefer a thinner sauce, add an additional 2-3 Tablespoons of water.
Makes about one pint. Store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Have you ever made barbecue sauce before? What about other condiments?