Faux Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce

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1/3 c tomato paste
1/4 c apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp chipole hot sauce (mexgrocer.com)
1 tsp liquid smoke
1/4 c honey
1 tsp dried mustard pwd
1/4 c brown sugar
3 Tbsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp coriander
1/4~1/2 tsp of gravy master or kitchen bouquet to darken the sauce

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Dutch Reyveld Recipe
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Suisun, CA
Member Since May 2011
Dutch's notes for this recipe:
I was recently asked by someone if I had a recipe for a clone of Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce. He was unable to find it locally.

I haven't made/tried it, but it looks like it might be close. Not sure if it'll give the same dark color as the original.

Also included here is a Rub recipe this is supposed to be secret...Hmmmmm? Haven't made it either, but ingredients look right.
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Mix all the sauce ingredients in a non-reactive sauce pan and simmer for 20~30min. Let cool and into your fridge for at least a day.
Mix all the ingredients together and store in an air tight container until needed.
**If you are going to use this on ribs, chicken, pork, etc. try seasoning the meat with the actual dry rub before cooking then slather on the sauce.

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user Gary Hancq SidEFied - May 28, 2011
Dutch, Add a little "Gravy Master" or "Kitchen Bouquet" to your BBQ sauce to darken. It wont affect the taste that much 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon will darken your quantity of sauce. I use it for my sauces and also darken spaghetti sauce at times with it. These two items will also put a nice char on a grilled steal due to the sugar content in them. Happy Cooking, Gary
user Lori Jarvenpaa ljarvenpaa - May 28, 2011
Hey, I have an original recipe for Sweet Baby Rays hand written. While a few of your ingredients are in the recipe, you are missing several key ingredients. Too bad I am sworn to secrecy!!
user Dutch Reyveld Dutchr - May 28, 2011
That's a good idea, Gary...Thanx!

Lori, I CAN get real Sweet Baby Rays...Just posted this for those that can't...As I SAID, I haven't made/tried it.

If everyone was sworn to secrecy, HOW would we get ANY proprietary recipes, either commercial copies or family hand-downs???
user Stephanie Dodd skeen - May 29, 2011
I tried Sweet Baby Ray's yesterday on my ribs for the first time. Love it and it tastes a lot like our Gates BBQ sauce.
I agree with you Dutch on the sworn to secrecy on recipes!
user Nancy R Robeyone - May 30, 2011
Lori, I guess that is why you have not posted any recipes. Great recipe Dutch.

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