Homemade Bold & Smoky Barbecue Sauce: BBQ Sauce Recipe

Homemade Bold & Smoky Barbecue Sauce: BBQ Sauce Recipe

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Homemade Bold & Smoky Barbecue Sauce: BBQ Sauce Recipe

This BBQ sauce recipe is a long-time favorite of our family and the ONLY slow part about it is making the onion juice – and that takes all of five minutes, so this homemade barbecue sauce is well worth the effort!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Condiments & Pantry Staples
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

To make the onion juice:

  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons water

Wet ingredients:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup blackstrap molasses
  • ¼ teaspoon hot sauce, more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or melted coconut oil

Spices:

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Optional ingredients for fermenting the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons whey OR sauerkraut brine, optional

Instructions

  • Make the onion juice. Place the onion in a blender with the water and blend until slushy. An immersible blender makes this especially easy. Strain mixture through a cheesecloth, squeezing it until you obtain 1/2 cup juice.
  • Whisk wet ingredients. Whisk onion juice with ketchup and other wet ingredients in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Cook the sauce to thicken and blend flavors. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add in garlic and spices and cook until fragrant. Whisk in wet ingredient mixture and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer gently until the mixture thickens, about 20-30 minutes. Cool to room temperature before serving.
  • Ferment the sauce (optional). To give the sauce a probiotic kick, stir in the whey or sauerkraut brine and let sit at room temperature for 1-2 days, then refrigerate.
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