Thursday, September 22, 2011

Homemade Barbeque Sauce

Perfect Pairing: Empty ketchup bottles

I am a little spoiled when it comes to a couple food items.  Growing up my mom always made homemade applesauce and homemade barbeque sauce, and the store-bought equivalents just do not compare!  My mom’s BBQ sauce is the perfect mixture of spicy, sweet and tang.  It is a great sauce for grilled chicken, pork or even as a dip for grilled cheese.  I have also used it on pizza crust instead of pizza sauce.  Top the pizza with shredded pork or chicken, green onions and cheddar cheese.  Tasty stuff.  We usually double the recipe since it takes no added effort and it keeps well in the refrigerator.

The Perfect Pairing for this sauce is the ketchup bottle you just emptied to make the sauce.  You don’t even have to rinse it out, just use a funnel and add your special sauce right into the bottle.  It is the perfect container for homemade sauce!  You can see we added a nice fancy label to eliminate any confusion when reaching into the fridge.

Barbeque Sauce
Lindsay at Perfecting the Pairing

·         1 cup vinegar
·         ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
·         4 tsp salt
·         2 tsp red pepper
·         2 tsp black pepper
·         4 tsp paprika
·         4 cups ketchup
·         2 cups water
·         1 cup sugar
Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan, bring to a boil.  Cook over low heat until it reaches the thickness you prefer (approximately 30-40 minutes), stirring occasionally.  Allow to cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


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  2. Homemade Barbeque Sauce is a game-changer for any grilling enthusiast or culinary adventurer. This delightful concoction boasts a perfect balance of smoky, tangy, and sweet flavors that elevate any dish it touches. What sets this homemade sauce apart is the versatility it offers, complementing a wide range of meats and even vegetables. The recipe's simplicity and accessibility make it a must-try for both seasoned chefs and novice cooks. The satisfaction of crafting your own sauce, tailored to your taste preferences, is truly rewarding. Whether slathered on ribs, used as a marinade, or as a dipping sauce, Homemade Barbeque Sauce adds that extra layer of deliciousness that turns a good meal into an exceptional one. This recipe is a keeper, sure to become a staple in any kitchen that appreciates the magic of homemade flavors.
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