Homemade Smoky BBQ Sauce Recipe

Inside: Did you know that making smoky BBQ sauce at home is a breeze? And let me tell you, once you try it, you'll never want to go back to bottled sauce again! Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.


This BBQ sauce is delicious. We use it for everything now. It is easy to make and perfect if you don't want to run out of the store to buy some, or even if you are meal planning. Maybe this recipe is something you want to meal plan to make, to go along with your meals this summer.

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Homemade Smoky BBQ Sauce Recipe

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I buy store-brand ketchup for recipes like this one. Where you aren't just tasting the ketchup but all the seasons, and flavors, that liquid smoke in particular.

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The only brand name ingredient I used in this recipe was the liquid smoke, which was from Cabelas, and only because that's where it was bought. We don't necessarily purchase brand-name anything in this house.

What you need:

How to make Smoky Bar-B-Que Sauce

Mix everything together in a small saucepan.

Simmer on low for about 10 minutes. Remember, tomato-based products make a splattering mess if you let it get to a boil, even a slow, early boil.

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Pour into a jar, and keep in your fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Yield: 10

Smoky BBQ Sauce

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Did you know that making smoky BBQ sauce at home is a breeze? And let me tell you, once you try it, you'll never want to go back to bottled sauce again! Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of ketchup
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke - we buy it from Cabelas
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1 tbsp onion powder

Instructions

  1. Mix everything together in a small sauce pan.
  2. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Pour into a jar, and keep in your fridge for up to 3 weeks.

Notes

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One of my favorite ways to use this BBQ sauce is for our Shepherd's Pie.

We use this recipe in any other recipe that calls for BBQ sauce. We use this for grilling hot dogs, hamburgers, pork chops, and more.

FAQ

How much liquid smoke to use in bbq sauce? This is important, more is not better with liquid smoke adding too much will ruin your sauce or anything else that you use liquid smoke in.

How long can you keep homemade bbq sauce? You can typically expect homemade barbecue sauce to last for about 1-2 weeks before spoiling.

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