A delicious sweet and smoky BBQ sauce that can be made at home using all natural ingredients for a fraction of the price that you'll pay for a half decent bottle at the store? Yep, totally possible - and easy, too!
I take real pride in making as much as our food from scratch as possible. Each week, I bake our own bread, make our own ketchup and cook every meal from scratch. In fact, I take so much pride in making everything from scratch that it's become a sort of addiction.
I can't just pick a loaf of bread up at the store because it feels like I'm giving in and I'm admitting that the stuff in the supermarket is better than the stuff that I can make at home. Even when I know I've got a jam-packed day with barely enough time to breathe, let alone bake any bread, if we're out of the sandwich must-have, I'll go ahead and whip up a batch of rolls.
Sometimes it can get really exhausting, but this homemade sweet and smoky BBQ sauce? Totally makes it worth it. Every. Single. Time. I came across loads of homemade BBQ recipes when I was looking for inspiration, but every single one of them used ketchup as one of the main ingredients. And, well, ketchup out of a bottle isn't homemade!
So, instead of using store-bought ketchup in my homemade BBQ sauce, I decided to build upon my homemade ketchup recipe, resulting in an amazing sweet and smoky BBQ sauce that has so many depths of flavour you'll never opt for store-bought ever again. Promise!
This recipe makes quite a large amount of BBQ sauce, so feel free to scale it down if you only want it for a couple of meals or increase it if you need enough to slather on a dozen racks of ribs at your next BBQ. Now that's an idea - this would make an amazing rib sauce! Be right back - I've got some ribs to glaze.
Homemade Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- 1 ½ cups water
- 1 ½ cups red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 2 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
- 2 ½ teaspoons mustard powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- Mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan and simmer over a medium-low heat, stirring regularly, until thickened up. I usually reduce the sauce by half - this can take up to two hours.
- When you're happy with the thickness pour into an air-tight container and leave to cool to room temperature before storing in the fridge.