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sauce essentials: southern style bbq sauce

Recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

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.

yield serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For sauce essentials: southern style bbq sauce

  • 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

  • 1
  • 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.
  • 13
  • 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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