BBQ Essentials: One Lip-Smacking Barbeque Sauce

Andy Anderson !


Whenever I think about doing slow-smoked Baby Back Pork Ribs, this is the sauce I turn to every time.

It is a perfect blend between sweet and sour, and it enhances your BBQ dishes; not overpowers them.

I’ll admit that it has a lot of ingredients; however, most go in the pot at one time, so there is not a lot of work involved.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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10 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top



  • 1/2 large
    yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp
    fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted
  • 1 large
    garden-fresh tomato, peeled and chopped
  • 1 c
    chicken stock, not broth
  • 1/2 c
    dark coconut sugar
  • 1/2 c
    pineapple juice, reduced by half
  • 1/4 c
    fresh clover honey
  • 1/4 c
    red wine
  • 15 oz
    tomato sauce, 1 can
  • 2 Tbsp
    tamari sauce
  • 2 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    white pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 Tbsp
    chili powder
  • 1 tsp
    ground thyme
  • 1 tsp
    dry ground mustard
  • 3 Tbsp
    freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 1/2 tsp
    salt, kosher variety
  • 1/2 tsp
    cayenne pepper, or to taste

How to Make BBQ Essentials: One Lip-Smacking Barbeque Sauce


  2. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  3. Chef’s Note: This BBQ sauce can be custom designed to your very own personal tastes. For example, if you like your BBQ sauce a bit more on the “tart” side, then cut the coconut sugar in half. If you want it a bit hotter, then make sure you add the black, and white pepper, and the optional cayenne powder.
  4. Chef’s Note: This sauce has a lot of items that help to give is a salty taste; however, if you feel that you want it saltier, then add the optional salt. But beware, as the sauce reduces, it will increase the intensity of the spices; including the salt.
  5. Place the pineapple juice in a small saucepan over medium heat, reduce by half, and then reserve, about 7 – 8 minutes.
  6. Add the butter and oil to a heavy-bottom pot, over medium heat.
  7. When the foaming subsides, add the onions, and sauté until they begin to soften, about 3 – 4 minutes.
  8. Add the ginger and garlic, and sauté an additional minute.
  9. Add the wine, and cook until almost evaporated, about 2 – 4 minutes.
  10. Add everything else, EXCEPT the lime juice.
  11. Mix, and bring to a simmer.
  12. Allow to softly simmer for 60 – 90 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  13. Chef’s Note: I like a nice smooth sauce, so I will puree the finished product in a blender, and blend away.
  14. Add the lime juice.
  15. Store in a tightly-sealed, non-reactive container, until needed.
  17. This is my go to sauce for slow-smoked Baby Back Pork Ribs, but it is wonderful for just about any Barbecue situation: Chicken, Pork, Beef; even fish. Enjoy.
  18. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About BBQ Essentials: One Lip-Smacking Barbeque Sauce

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Southern
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian Gluten-Free Low Fat
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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