Have you ever tried making your own BBQ sauce? It’s SUPER easy. It takes some time to simmer in all the yumminess, but the hands-on effort is minimal.
I made my favorite BBQ sauce last night to go with the pot roast I had going in the slow cooker. (locally raised of course!) We also had mashed sweet potatoes and steamed green beans, SO YUMMY!
The recipe I’m sharing is originally from my mom. It’s the recipe she has used literally forever and is the only BBQ sauce that I actually really like. All the others are just OK in my opinion. It’s the reason why country style pork ribs were one of my favorite meals growing up.
The smell that fills the kitchen while this sauce is simmering is one of those smells that brings me back to my childhood. There is something so wonderful about the nostalgic aroma that makes me such a happy girl.
So, what exactly does it taste like? Well, it’s sweet, but not too sweet and just the right amount of tangy. It’s not super spicy and not at all smokey. It’s a whole lot of perfect if you ask me.
There are SEVEN basic ingredients:
- 1 cup KETCHUP- Organic preferably, or try homemade Ketchup!
- 3 Tbsp WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE – I use Annie’s for a cleaner option.
- 3 Tbsp APPLE CIDER VINEGAR – Bragg’s brand, all the way.
- 1 medium ONION – Minced or chopped
- 3 Tbsp BROWN SUGAR – Organic (I’ve thought about substituting coconut sugar or honey, but this recipe is super sentimental to me so I hate to mess with it much.)
- 1 tsp CELERY SEED
- 1/2 tsp DRIED MUSTARD
- In a medium saucepan, saute onions with a few teaspoons of butter over medium-high heat until tender (about 10 minutes).
- Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 60-90 minutes stirring occasionally.
I told you it was easy!
TIP: Make sure you simmer it on low and stir fairly often so nothing burns to the bottom of the pan.
I typically make a double or triple batch (or more!) and freeze it in half pint mason jars. Then when I know we’re going to have a pork roast or ribs, or grilled chicken, (I seriously will put this stuff on everything) I can pull one out to thaw overnight or put a frozen jar in cold water for a faster, same day thaw.
The printable version of this recipe is below. I REALLY hope you love this sauce as much as I do. Let me know what you think in the comments below and be sure to share this with all your saucy friends!