I know Memorial Day is typically opening day for barbeque season, but with the iffy weather forecast we were looking at we went for homemade pizza instead. My favorite is barbeque chicken, but we were out of barbeque sauce. I always love making something that my kids think can only be found in a bottle at the grocery store.
After looking at several recipes, I cowboy’d it and just started throwing stuff into the blender. Lucky for me, it’s good. Really good. Some of this in a bottle with a cute label would make a great Father’s Day gift.
Homemade Barbeque Sauce
1 cup catsup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon brown deli mustard
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup corn syrup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 chopped garlic cloves
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground smokehouse pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon GrillMates Smokehouse Maple seasoning
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon liquid smoke flavoring
1/3 cup water
Throw everything together in the blender. Blend for a couple of minutes, until everything is well-combined and the onions and garlic are chopped into tiny pieces. Pour into a saucepan. Bring to a boil on the stove. Reduce to simmer and cook for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thick. Cool.
This seems very sweet if you taste it right away, but is much better after it’s spent the night in the fridge. This is another recipe with flexible ingredients. If you don’t want it as sweet, leave out some of the corn syrup or honey. Spicer? More cayenne. I recently bought some powdered chipotle I’d like to try in it. The smokehouse maple seasoning is optional. If you can’t find it, but want the maple flavor, try substituting some maple syrup for the corn syrup.
If I had known it was this easy, I would have made my own barbeque sauce a long time ago. I may never buy it again!