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Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Here’s a Barbecue Sauce recipe that’s every bit as Sweet Baby Ray’s famous sauce. It’s all natural, made by you, and only takes a few minutes.
Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Keyword barbecue
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 48
Calories 26kcal
Author Meggan Hill

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup 100% pineapple juice
  • 4 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 teaspoons tamarind paste optional
  • 2 teaspoons liquid hickory smoke
  • 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider or distilled white vinegar optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Whisk all ingredients together in a non-reactive saucepan. Turn heat to medium-high and allow the sauce to just come to a boil.
  • Lower heat, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or longer.
  • Taste and add a vinegar if needed, and salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Transfer to a large jar. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Notes

  1. This recipe calls for tamarind paste which is made from the tropical
    tamarind fruit. It can be found in well-stocked grocery stores in the
    ethnic foods section, Asian, or Indian markets. It has a tangy, rich
    flavor. It can be omitted or substituted with 2 tablespoons ketchup
    plus 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce, or 1 1/2 tablespoons brown
    sugar plus 1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar or citrus juice.
2. Different brands of ketchup taste slightly different - some are
tangier, sweeter, more vinegary, spicier, or saltier. Adjust the
seasonings according to personal preference.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 26kcal