There is nothing difficult about making your own barbeque sauce from scratch, as the following recipe shows. This is so easy to do. All you need to do is combine your ingredients in a pan and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir it frequently and once it reaches a boil, the ingredients will be well combined and the flavors will have melded together. You can then allow it to cool and add some salt to taste. That is how simple it is to make your own barbeque sauce recipe from scratch in just a few minutes. The following recipe makes about 1½ cups of this tasty barbeque sauce but why not make more than you think you need, because you will definitely use it. This sauce goes with all kinds of meats or poultry, and it keeps in the refrigerator for up to a week.

You will notice there are quite a few ingredients in this recipe and that might surprise you, especially if you have tried any 2-ingredient or 3-ingredient barbeque sauce recipes. However, all the ingredients are easy to find (you will probably already have most of them to hand) and this clever concoction of flavors ensures a well-balanced, well-rounded barbeque sauce, which offers a better, fresher flavor than anything you could get out of a bottle. Whether you are planning to serve this with pork chops, steak, kabobs, chicken breasts, or burgers, there is no doubt everyone is going to love your homemade barbeque sauce recipe. It is going to be very popular indeed and, as the cook, so are you!

A Sticky Sweet Treat

Some barbeque sauce recipes are more savory than sweet while others might be spicy or just downright unusual, but this one is pretty typical of what you would expect from such a sauce. The molasses adds a rich, earthy, sweet flavor which is backed up by the brown sugar, ketchup, and apricot preserves (which also add fruitiness). Then you have cloves, allspice, apple cider vinegar, and garlic for distinctive accents, along with black pepper, mustard, hot sauce, and chili powder to add heat. Take all those flavors and combine them, and you can imagine how delicious and nicely rounded the finished sauce is going to be. It is neither too sweet nor too savory, nor too hot or too mild, but a fitting combination of all these factors, ensuring it goes beautifully with whatever barbequed food you are planning to serve with it.

Molasses is a thick, sweet byproduct made by refining sugarcane or sugar beets into sugar. It varies depending on the age of the plant, method of extraction and amount of sugar. Molasses is easy to find and one of the key flavors in this homemade barbeque sauce recipe. Because of the sweetness molasses adds to barbeque sauce, you will find most barbeque sauce recipes calling for this ingredient balance out the sweet taste by including spicy ingredients in the recipe as well, like we are doing here. The sweetness and spiciness are great together here, but you can make the sauce less spicy if you wish.

Rich Barbeque Sauce with Molasses
Summary: The sweetness of molasses, sugar and apricot preserves balance out with spicy ingredients like hot sauce and mustard, along with garlic and cloves, to make this thick, rich barbeque sauce.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 8
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  • ¼ cup apricot preserves
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • Pinch of ground allspice
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • ⅓ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1½ teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ cup water
  • Salt, to taste
  1. Put all the ingredients except the salt in a pan.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring often.
  3. Let it cool down, then add salt to taste.
Makes 1½ Cups

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This barbeque sauce recipe is very easy to make. Simply put all the ingredients in a pan and bring the mixture to a boil while stirring it. The barbeque sauce can then be cooled and served. The molasses in this recipe pairs with brown sugar and apricot preserves for a sweet flavor, while ingredients such as hot sauce and mustard add spicy depth to the flavor, and garlic and allspice offer their distinctive aromatic touches too. All in all, this is a beautifully balanced barbeque sauce recipe which takes mere minutes to prepare and goes with just about everything from pork to beef, chicken and vegetables.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

My name is Christine and I am delighted to welcome you here. Easy Barbeque Recipes aims to demystify the world of barbequing and turn anyone into a brilliant backyard chef regardless of culinary knowledge or past cooking experience. Cooking with fire is not only an easy cooking method but it is the original cooking method. An open fire was used to cook before there were such things as ovens, microwaves or crockpots. Barbequing is not just a cooking method either. It is a social event. Inviting friends over and grilling food for them is always fun and adding home-cooked food to any party is a surefire way to please a crowd. Nothing beats the incredible flavor of flame-grilled food, and you can barbeque all kinds of ingredients and recipes, including meat, poultry, fish, seafood, veggies, and even pizza.


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