The delicious, tangy taste of barbecue sauce has been used to compliment a number of meat dishes and add a smoky flavor.
Most commonly used for grilled pork and beef ribs, there are actually many other ways you can enjoy barbecue sauce:
- Barbecue sauce can spruce up the taste of meatloaf, especially if you don’t have any ketchup.
- If you don’t have any pizza sauce, it’s also great to add some flavor to your pizza. You can even use this as the base to your pizza crust for that added meaty zest with every bite.
- For some instant pasta with leftover chicken or pork cuts, simply put the pork together with the sauce and you instantly have a very unique recipe for a great tasting and filling pasta.
- Your local fast food dining experience will never be the same again if you try dipping your French fries into barbecue sauce. They taste great together and are hard to stop once you start!
- If you want to enjoy the great taste and convenience of wrap dishes minus the calories of their condiments, substitute them with barbecue sauce and you’ll be amazed by how much more delicious your wraps will get.
- Use it to add some texture and flavor to just about any salad and sandwich.
As you can see, barbecue sauce is very versatile and a much healthier alternative to many of the condiments we use daily.
Unlike the typical sauce, it has much more character and flavor, combining smoky, tangy, salty, sweet, and sour altogether into one smoky, great-tasting sauce.
Homemade Barbecue Sauce
¼ cup butter
1 chopped chili pepper
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 grated onion
½ cup lemon juice
½ cup ketchup
1 cup bourbon or whisky
1/3 cup dark molasses
½ cup lemon juice
½ cup apple cider vinegar
2-3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
Salt to taste
- Heat the oil and butter in a sauce pan in medium heat.
- Grate the onion to finer bits using a grater.
- Add the onion to the sauce pan and cook it with the oil and butter and cook for 3-4 minutes over medium heat, or until you see the onions have become translucent.
- Take the sauce pan off the stove, add the bourbon, and return it to the stove. Put the heat back on medium-high and boil the bourbon for about 5 minutes.
- Add the lemon juice, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, sugar, and molasses. Mix and let the barbecue sauce rest on a simmer.
- Cook the sauce for a few more minutes, after which you can taste test it. It should be a bit salty, spicy-hot, and sweet. If the barbecue sauce isn’t, add a bit cayenne pepper to increase its spicy flavor, or some molasses to make it sweeter.
- Let the barbecue sauce cool down a bit longer until it reaches a thicker consistency, which will take about 20 minutes to half an hour. If you’re still waiting for your ribs or dish to cook, keep your sauce on the pan on low heat.