BBQ Sauce

Our family loves us some bar-be-que. I usually have a bottle of sauce hanging out in the fridge, but there have been quite a few times when I thought I had some and found it either gone, naught but a drop left, or expired. So, instead of scrapping our meal plan, I figured out how to make it myself.

One thing we are never ever ever out of is ketchup, so I started there and added various seasonings to taste. We prefer thick smokey sauce to the thin hot sauce. BBQ sauces run the gamut of flavors; if you tend to like it the way we do, give my recipe a try!

Here's one of my favorite applications for homemade bbq sauce... meatballs!

1 1/2 cups prepared ketchup

1 tbsp. minced fresh garlic (or 1 tsp. garlic powder)

1 tbsp. chili powder

1 tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. ground mustard

2 tsp. liquid smoke

1/4 cup brown sugar (or less if you don’t want it quite so sweet)

1 tsp. olive or vegetable oil (or more if you like your sauce thinner)

* (If you like a little more heat that the chili powder provides, try adding 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper.)

There are two ways to do this, if you intend to use this as a dipping sauce for a hot dish, you could warm it up in a sauce pan. Or if you intend to put it in a mason jar to store in the fridge for later or as a component in a dish to be cooked, just whisk it all together.


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