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Summertime Cooking: Homemade BBQ Sauce

Updated: Aug 1, 2021

Sweet heat with a little tang!

Summer is around the corner and with gathering restrictions quickly lifting throughout the country, folks will be flocking to gather and enjoy some old fashioned summer fun... including everyone's favorite a Backyard BBQ!

Instead of reaching for the overly sweet, high fructose corn syrup stuff on the shelf, impress your guests with a little homemade sauce!

What you need:

  • Stockpot

  • Cutting Board

  • Chef's Knife

  • Mesuring Cup

  • Can Opener

  • Measuring Spoons


  • 2 Tablespoons Butter

  • 1/2 Onion, Chopped

  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Chopped

  • 1 - 6 oz can Tomato Paste

  • 1 - 8 oz can Tomato Suace

  • 3 Cups Water

  • 5 oz Soy Sauce

  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

  • 1/2 Cup Bourbon

  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce

  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Tobasco Sauce, plus a few dashes

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper

  • 3 Tablespoons Honey (Optional)

  • 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar (Optional)


  • Place the stockpot on the stove, over medium heat.

  • Add the butter and melt

  • Add the garlic and onions and saute until just soft

  • Add tomato paste and sauce, stir

  • Add the next 8 ingredits, stir to combined

  • Bring to a simmer, over low/medium heat and let reduce. Checking every 45 minutes or so until you've reached your desiered consistency.

  • After the first 45 minutes, check flavor. If desired, add 3 Tablespoons Honey & 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar and a couple additional shakes of Tobasco.

  • Once desired consistency is reached, about an hour and a half of low simmer reduction, remove from heat. Let cool to room temperature and place in refrigerator safe jars (Should last 2 months). If you are into canning, this is a perfect sauce to can, making it shelf stable.

Enjoy as a marinade, basting or side of BBQ sauce on just about any protein or grilling veggie!

Happy Eating - Lindsay, Poppy & Vine

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