Monday, August 1, 2011

Homemade BBQ Sauce

I finally did something I told myself (and Nate) I was going to do a long time ago--make homemade barbecue sauce. And now I'm left wondering why I didn't do it sooner! It's so easy to make, and you can do whatever you want with it, as long as you have a solid base.

I did some online recipe searching, and came across all sorts of sauce varieties. Some were too simple--combine Heinz 57 sauce and one or two spices? Nah, too easy! Others were a little more involved and the recipes suggested the mixture sit for a day or two. I didn't have that kind of time. Then I came across this recipe for Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce. I knew that would be the one.

Sadly, I was mistaken that we had some bourbon sitting around. We didn't, but luckily, we always have at least one bottle of whiskey. I used some Kinnickinnic Whiskey from Great Lakes Distillery.

Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly, except that I added a bit more hot sauce, which, sadly, you couldn't taste at all.

The sauce was really very good. I was quite pleased with the way it turned out. I would use this again as a base and experiment with the flavors.

I know for future batches, I'll likely spice it up a bit more and add more liquid smoke. Also, it was a bit sweet for my taste, so I'd probably cut back on the brown sugar.

I think my days of buying barbecue sauce are over!


  1. Homemade BBQ sauce has been on my list, too. Apple Holler makes a killer apple cinnamon BBQ sauce that I'd like to try and recreate.


  2. Yum! That sounds tasty. There's really so much you can do with BBQ sauce ...

  3. Girl, you've been busy! Where is da sweet stuff s'il vous plait??? xexe

  4. Evaldas!!! I've been looking for you!! You're no longer on Facebook and I don't have an current email address for you. Will you send me your email?? And yes, I've been busy. :)