Basic Barbecue Sauce

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In preparing a post on slow cooker brisket, I found an unforgivable hole in my blog. I do not have a Barbecue Sauce. This is to be corrected, immediately.

From Wikipedia:

Barbecue sauce (also abbreviated as BBQ sauce) is a sauce used as a marinade, basting, condiment, or topping for meat cooked in the barbecue cooking style, including pork or beef ribs and chicken. It is a ubiquitous condiment in the Southern United States and is used on many other foods as well.

Ingredients vary, but most include vinegar, tomato paste, or mayonnaise (or a combination) as a base, as well as liquid smoke, onion powder, spices such as mustard and black pepper, and sweeteners such as sugar or molasses.

Basic Barbecue Sauce

Sweet, Spicy, Tangy, with a hint of vinegar …
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Ingredient, Sauce
Cuisine American, Southwestern
Servings 2 cups
Calories 389 kcal


  • 1 ea Yellow Onion Peeled, Minced
  • 2 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp Liquid Smoke
  • 1 tbsp Bourbon
  • 3 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Yellow Mustard
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • Kosher Salt To Taste
  • 2 tbsp neutral oil
  • 1 tsp Hot Sauce


  • In a small pot over medium heat, add the oil
  • When the oil spiders, add the onion and cook until soft, translucent, and begining to take color
  • Add the garlic and cook until fragrent, ~ 1 minute
  • Add the rest and stir to combine
  • Drop heat to low and simmer until thickened
  • Taste, balance the flavor, looking to sweet, tangy, spicy, smokey


Really basic BBQ sauce.  One can adjust the sweetness, tang and heat to fit one’s taste


Calories: 389kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 3gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 1584mgPotassium: 681mgFiber: 1gSugar: 46gVitamin A: 656IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Barbecue, Sauce
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  Filed under: Barbecue, Basics, Condiment, Ingredient

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