Do you need a quick summertime bbq sauce? Today’s how-to recipe is all about homemade barbecue sauce! This sauce only takes 5 minutes to make and is free of all those nasty ingredients you want to avoid. Summertime never tasted so good!
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June 2016 Wall of Fame How-to: Summertime Homemade Barbecue Sauce by Kendall Patton
If you’ve been around me for any length of time, then you likely know that we strive to eat whole foods in our house. This doesn’t mean we never go out and it also (most definitely) doesn’t mean we follow any particular methodology (paleo, grain free, etc.), although we may dabble a bit here and there. The reality is we try to do our best. But we are particular about a few things (MSG, HFCS, unnatural sugar alternatives, acesulfamine potassium, etc.).
This basically translates into me doing quite a bit of cooking. From scratch. And one sure thing for me, at this current life/family stage I’m in, is to spend no more than 1-1.5 hours in the kitchen for dinner. Now, if I’m doing multiple projects or something that takes time because it’s tedious, I will spend more time. Though I try to limit how often each week this happens.
Ever tried to find a prepackaged sauce that has no harmful ingredients?
And, because we do our best to avoid many of the nasty, harmful ingredients, we don’t much buy condiments. Thankfully, Hun doesn’t really like or care for many of them, but that doesn’t mean I don’t need them to make our delicious meals!
Take Barbecue sauce for instance. I’ve yet to come across a pre-packaged barbecue sauce that doesn’t have HFCS or some variant in it. So, obviously, I need to come up with something that works for me.
Oh, and did I mention that I don’t really follow recipes. I know, I know. There are many who can’t operate in the kitchen without a recipe, but I tend to just wing it. And (thankfully), I’ve rarely screwed up in such a way that anyone refused to eat. Also, it usually means that most everything I make is not the same as the last time I made it, which could get quite tricky.
But before, I go off on a tangent, let’s just get back to the homemade barbecue sauce and not how I don’t follow directions very often in the kitchen (or sometimes life).
5 Minute Homemade Barbecue Sauce
At their most basic, all barbecue sauce contains a few things: sugar and/or honey (also a sugar), spices, vinegar, water, tomato sauce. As long as that’s understood, you’re good to go. And now that I’ve shared this secret, let’s get to this 5-minute homemade barbecue sauce!
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For today’s sauce, I grabbed the following ingredients: red wine vinegar, cumin, allspice, pepper, adobo, tomato paste, water, brown sugar, powdered sugar, Italian seasoning, and fresh chopped garlic (as shown below).
Next, I made the tomato paste into tomato sauce by adding some water and mixing. Monkey Boy loves doing this part! (Yes, it really is that simple!)
Then, I added spices. I didn’t intentionally measure them, despite those beautiful stainless steel measuring spoons you see above. After a quick mix, the sugar goes in. For this particular batch, we used about 3 Tbsp of brown sugar and 2 Tbsp of the powdered. After another quick mix, I added the vinegar and a bit more water.
Remember, I said I don’t often measure. But, I’m thinking it’s about 1/4 cup of both vinegar and water. (The vinegar helps to break down the meat fibers, but you already knew that, right?) The same holds true for honey.
Now you have a beautiful, tasty, quick and easy homemade barbecue sauce! Just pour it over some ribs and let them marinate for at least an hour (longer if you want) before cooking!
Trust me, your family will be happy!
Note: it really depends on how thick you want the sauce to be as to how much vinegar and water to add. And here’s another kitchen tip and secret. If you keep a jar of tomato sauce in the fridge, you can easily convert it to barbecue sauce in a pinch!
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