I made this recipe last night and it was soooo good, I must share with you.
Let’s make barbeque sauce. It’s simple. Once again, remember, it’s your kitchen and you are the cook. So make it your own. Tailor each recipe and each creation to your own tastes and preferences and you’ll be much happier with the outcome. It’s not rocket science, let your taste buds guide the way.
If you are cooking for a large group, or want to save some for later, just double the recipe as you go along. This portion served the four of us for dinner (on chicken) and it was so delicious, there wasn’t a scrap leftover.
Squirt about a 1/2 cup of ketchup into a bowl. A little more than that. Okay, good. Now add a dollop of molasses. Add some honey. How much? How sweet do you want it? Try 2 or 3 tablespoons of honey. Stir. Add 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of paprika (maybe more, maybe less). A generous grinding of black pepper, about 1/2 teaspoon. Salt, maybe 3/4 of a teaspoon. Stir vigorously until smooth. You can go ahead and taste it if you want. Since the flavor will change as it cooks, I just smell mine. I use intuition to adjust the amounts of each ingredient, because honestly I don’t have that much skill. If you have chef skills, by all means, use them. For a basic bbq sauce, you can omit the honey. You could also add mustard powder if you have it, garlic if you want it (fresh minced or powdered), and/or hot pepper sauce or cayenne powder for more kick.
Viola! You made bbq sauce.
Your sauce will keep just fine in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 days. And it contains none of those pesky artificial smoke flavorings which probably aren’t very good for you anyway. To get a delicious smoky flavor just grill your dish slathered in generous amounts of your unique homemade bbq sauce outdoors over natural charcoal. Happy barbequing!