Homemade Barbeque Sauce

I realized after making barbeque sauce that it is usually intended for slathering on meat, something I don't really do, so I sent this sauce on it's way as a gift. For you meat lovers, I can't imagine how awesome it would be for you to try this delicious homemade sauce on the very thing it was made for.
This is what days have been looking like for me. Or at least this is what the pavement has been looking like for me recently. I can't complain; it's a little rainy, a little cold, and very colorful. One of these recent days it felt like a cozy kitchen kind of day, so I holed up with my pots, pans, and computer. I came across this great barbeque sauce recipe from Oh She Glows (whoahuh best blog ever), which originally came from the Veganomicon cookbook. I tweaked the recipe just a little bit to my taste preferences, but I'll give you the original from Oh She Glows:
BBQ Sauce
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 medium-sized sweet onion, chopped finely
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp red pepper flake (maybe less)
22-oz crushed tomatoes or a 28oz can
1/3 cup molasses
1/3 cup white vinegar + 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp yellow or dijon mustard

-Saute the onion in the oil, then add the garlic and let cook 5-7 minutes
-Add the remaining ingredients except the mustard and cook for 30-40 minutes or until it has reduced and thickened (low heat)
-Add the mustard at the end, add more of certain ingredients to fit your taste
-Blend if you want, or leave it chunky!

*I used 28 oz of plain tomato sauce (it was all I had) and honey mustard instead of yellow or dijon. I ended up adding more molasses by the end to create a better balance of sweet and spicy, and I also added an extra 1-2 tbsp of sugar.


Dennis Ward 1/12/12, 6:14 PM  

Ok, I will give this barbeque sauce a try. I am new at this BBQ'g thing; I want to try everything. I just got a Weber Q 320 gas grill. It is fairly easy to use and does a good job cooking most foods. I will try your bbq sauce the next time I do ribs.

Anonymous 8/1/12, 2:54 PM  

Hi, is it possible to use brown sugar in this recipe? Many Thanks.

sweet road 8/5/12, 5:29 PM  

@Anonymous I don't see why you can't use brown sugar - brown sugar is basically molasses and sugar. I would just keep in mind that the recipe calls for 1/3 c molasses and only 2 tbsp of sugar, so try to find a happy medium unless you like your BBQ sauce sweet!

Katie! 4/7/13, 8:43 PM  

GREAT! barbecue sauce recipe! I, too, used tomato sauce. Definitely added more red pepper flakes than the amount called for (2-3 tablespoons) ~ just a personal taste preference! Thank you for posting this recipe with pictures!


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