Sauce Essentials: Southern Style BBQ Sauce

Andy Anderson !


This is a simple BBQ sauce to make, and it’s one that I use when I fire up the BBQ and grill pork, beef, or chicken. I am using honey for the sweet of this sauce; however, it you want a more “Southern” approach, substitute the honey with an equal amount of dark molasses.

Easy to make, beats most “store-bought” sauces, and is loaded with flavor.

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


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10 Min
20 Min
Stove Top



  • 1 Tbsp
    grapeseed oil, or other non-flavored oil
  • 1/4 c
    yellow onion, finely chopped, or grated
  • 1 clove
    garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp
    chili powder
  • 10 oz
    tomato puree (1 can)
  • 1/3 c
    fresh clover honey
  • 1/4 c
    apple cider vinegar
  • ·
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • ·
    black pepper, freshly ground, to taste

How to Make Sauce Essentials: Southern Style BBQ Sauce


  2. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  3. Add the grapeseed oil to a saucepan over medium heat.
  4. When the oil heats up add the onions, and cook until they soften, but not brown, about 3 – 4 minutes.
  5. Add the garlic, and stir until fragrant, about 60 seconds.
  6. Add the chili powder, mix with the onions and garlic, and stir for about 30 seconds.
  7. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the remainder of the ingredients, and slowly simmer for an additional 15 minutes.
  8. Chef’s Note: Do not let the sauce boil, just a slow, gentle simmer with just a few bubbles breaking the surface.
  9. While the sauce is simmering, season with some salt & pepper, to taste.
  10. Allow to cool, and then place the sauce into a blender, and blend until completely smooth.
  11. Chef’s Tip: Do a final tasting for proper seasoning.
  12. Store in a glass container with a tight-fitting lid, and place in the fridge until ready to use.
  14. Use for basting grilled chicken, beef, or pork, and save some for serving on the side. In addition, I use this sauce when making mini meatball appetizers. Enjoy.
  15. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Sauce Essentials: Southern Style BBQ Sauce

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Southern

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