elaine's homemade barbecue sauce

★★★★★ 3 Reviews
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By Elaine Bovender
from Wilmington, NC

After many years of trial and error, I finally got this delicious barbecue sauce just right. I had always wanted to make my own sauce because I just couldn't seem to find a bottle sauce that I particularly liked. This sauce is sweet, tangy and has just a bit of a nice bite. It works great on most meats and is exceptionally good on pork. It's also a great dipping sauce for chicken tenders or nuggets. I featured this sauce on my "Mess o' Mama's Barbecue" recipe, but I also wanted to post this barbecue sauce recipe by itself in order to make it easier to find. Hope y'all enjoy!

★★★★★ 3 Reviews
serves Makes about 2 cups
prep time 5 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For elaine's homemade barbecue sauce

  • 1 c
    ketchup
  • 1 c
    apple cider vinegar
  • 1 c
    brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 tsp
    texas pete hot sauce (or similar brand)
  • 1/4 tsp
    crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp
    ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 3 Tbsp
    honey
  • 1/4 tsp
    white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper
  • UPDATE: YOU MAY ALSO ADD 1 1/2 TABLESPOONS MOLASSES AND REDUCE HONEY TO 1 1/2 TABLESPOONS AND IT IS DELICIOUS!
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How To Make elaine's homemade barbecue sauce

  • 1
    Whisk all ingredients together in a medium saucepan until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium and cook until reduced by about 1/3 volume.
  • 2
    Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Serve over your favorite meat dish or as a dip with chicken tenders or nuggets.
  • 3
    Special Note: You can adjust the spices up or down according to your personal tastes. Enjoy!
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