A couple weeks ago, I wanted to make pulled pork sandwiches. I went to the grocery store and stared at the shelves, looking at my options for a barbecue sauce. There were 15 different brands. I picked up the first bottle. The 2nd ingredient was high fructose corn syrup. I put the bottle back down, and picked up the next one. High fructose corn syrup and caramel color. I kept reading the labels until I had looked at every single bottle of barbecue sauce, and I only found one sauce that didn’t contain HFCS and caramel color, and that particular bottle was expired!
So what’s the big deal with high fructose corn syrup? Moderate use of HFCS can cause heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia, and tooth decay. In addition, caramel coloring can increase your risk of hypertension or high blood pressure. Both are bad news, and not something that I want my family eating.
Since I wasn’t going to be eating bottled barbecue sauce, I picked up a bottle of molasses and decided I would try my hand at a homemade barbecue sauce.
The results of my homemade barbecue sauce? Wonderful! The sauce is sweet, tangy, and savory, with just a hint of spicy. It tastes much better than any bottled sauce I have had, and it is quick and easy to make.
Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe
What You Need:
- 1 cup ketchup (or Homemade Ketchup)
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp molasses
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- pepper to taste
What To Do:
Whisk all ingredients in a small saucepan, over medium heat. Simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
And that’s it! It’s so simple! You will be blown away at how flavorful this barbecue sauce is. If you want it a little spicier, you could add some chili powder or sriracha sauce.
This is a great barbecue sauced to baste onto grilled chicken, wings , or to mix with pulled pork.
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Do you make your own barbecue sauce? What is your favorite thing to add it to?