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TRUE Homemade BBQ Sauce

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I love to cook. In addition to smoking, I do LOVE to cook. I do most of the cooking at home, and the wife loves it.
I did a nice BBQ sauce last weekend, and it was a hit. The only thing is, I felt like I cheated.
Before I ask my question, I'll say that my sauce was much, much sweeter the next day than it was the night it was made. I went for a vinegary/sweet sauce, and I was pretty surprised by that. Have you all noticed that on yours too?

Now, as I said, I felt like I cheated. After all, I used -ketchup- as a base. Sure I added a ton of other stuff, but the chef in me wanted to make a good homemade, true homemade sauce, like I do chili.

Anyone here have a recipe or good recommend for doing a homemade sauce?

I'm thinking of smoking some tomatoes and peppers and going from there.... it certainly would be a good experiment!
post #2 of 11
Guido -

Whatever works for you is good! Ketsup is a sweet tomatoe sause and it works so why not use it. I make a tomatoe based BBQ that I add to alot of my mops and sometimes I use ketsup if that's all I got. Go here! tons of sauses and rubs!

post #3 of 11
I figure catsup (implying of course, Heinz Catsup) is such a basic element, why spend all that time, I mean making catsup is not exactly what I would call a culinary leap, it’s just time consuming. Spend your time on the more intricate steps in your sauce and applications you apply it to! icon_rolleyes.gif
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
True on both of you. I was just thinking of a different way, perhaps a different style.

I wondered what smoked tomatoes would taste like in a sauce? Hmmm....
post #5 of 11
Guidi -

I never tried smoking a tomatoe. Sounds interesting though.

Try throwing some smoked squid in your sauce that's yummy!
post #6 of 11
I always use catsup in my sauce. The only thing I would suggest is to always use the same brand as the taste differs somewhat between brands.
post #7 of 11
go to the jack daniel's website and try makin the sauce called stillhouse bbq sauce ...I add minced onion and garlic to it ! it smells like hell cooking it ,and you'll swear you'll never put it on your baby backs ....but do try it !! man it's amazing :) icon_idea.gif
post #8 of 11

Spicey Apple Bbq Sauce

Here is a sauce I have made many times to rave reviews...I can not take credit for this sauce as I "liberated" it from elsewherePDT_Armataz_01_08.gif

3 baking Apples, peeled, cored and diced.
1/2 cup minced onion
2 cloves Garlic, pureed.
1 tbsp. Olive oil
1/2 cup Water
1 1/2 cups Ketchup
3/4 cup Cider vinegar
1/4 cup Molasses
1/2 cup Turbinado sugar
1/2 cup Cane syrup
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Cinnamon, ground
1 tsp. Nutmeg
1/2 tsp. Allspice
1/2 tsp. Black pepper, fresh ground
1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. Clove, ground
1/4 cup cider vinegar, reserved.

I also add about ashot and a half of Jack Daniels

- In a sauce pan over medium heat , sautee apples, onions and garlic in olive oil for 5 minutes till onions become translucient.
- Add water, reduce heat to low and simmer till apples dissolve, 20 minutes or so.
- Add remainder of ingredients and simmer on low heat for 45 minutes until sauce is thickened.
- Add remaining vinegar and incorporate.
- Place sauce in a blender and process till smooth.
- Cool sauce and refridgerate up to 2 weeks.

Also here is a site with a ton of sauce recipes:

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Apples. I like that recipe Tonto. I'll have to try it sometimes. Regardless, I need to reserve judgment until the next day when the sauce mellows!

Thanks for the links guys. Sounds like I just needed to keep doing what I was doing, and not worry about it!
post #10 of 11
For real...smoked squid!!!??? PDT_Armataz_01_27.gif
post #11 of 11
Just make sure it's Heinz ketsup!

It's not only the best but Jessie's retirement depends on it! icon_razz.gif

Theresa -

That sauce sounds great! Are you dure you wanna be giving it away with all those competitions coming up?
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