My husband and I have been working for months to develop a homemade sauce because while we make our own seasoning and sauces at home (to eliminate MSG), we still were buying a bottled sauce. That being said, we did not want to start with ketchup as our base and instead began simply with a can of organic tomato sauce. What we finally achieved was a basic barbecue sauce that is great as a stand-alone sauce but that is also the framework for many other flavors and styles of sauces. With this basic barbecue sauce as our base, the possibilities are endless.
I’m a person who eats quite by my mood and while I may crave a sweet, spicy or smoky sauce one day, I may not feel like that the next time we have a barbecue. This original barbecue sauce is made with just the fundamentals, so it’s perfect for even my fussy eater.
This recipe makes enough for a couple of BBQ chicken pizzas or for several BBQ Pork sandwiches. However, if you are basting a bunch of chicken or ribs, you may want to double it.
Basic Barbecue Sauce
Yield 1 1/2 cups
- 1 (15 oz) can organic tomato sauce
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 2 tbsp (approx. 1 whole lemon) fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp sweet paprika
- 1 tsp smoked paprika (optional)
- 1 tbsp dry mustard
- 1 tsp hot sauce
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper (more or less to taste)
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- To a small sauce pan with a tight fitting lid, add the can of tomato sauce.
- Add all the other ingredients and whisk together to fully combine.
- Simmer until thickened, about 15 minutes.
Cuisine American, Barbecue
Do you have a favorite style Barbecue sauce (Memphis Style, Kansas City Style, Carolina Gold, Vinegar based)? Tell us about it in the comments!