Sweet and Spicy Homemade Bar-B-Q Sauce

Sweet and Spicy Bar-B-Q Sauce

I am so excited about this bar-b-q sauce!  For the last couple years I have been looking for a sweet and spicy sauce that is similar to the one I like at the grocery store.  There is just something about being able to make something from scratch that really appeals to me.  For one thing, you know exactly what is in it.  And the best thing is, you can customize it to your tastes. Anyway, I have tried so many only to be disappointed that it didn’t taste like I thought it was going to.  Until now.  This is it!  It is sweet, smoky, spicy, rich, and thick.  I just love it!

Sweet and Spicy Bar-B-Q Sauce

Bar-B-Q sauce is so easy to make!  You can have this made in 20 minutes. Basically you just dump all of the ingredients into a pan and simmer for a short time so they can meld together and thicken a little bit.  There is something that is so satisfying to me about putting a bunch of items together, and having the result be something entirely different (and delicious)! I get the same feeling when I make soup or granola or mud pies.  Actually, I haven’t made mud pies for a long time (since I was about 4), but I remember it was very fun.

Sweet and Spicy Bar-B-Q Sauce

I realize bar-b-q sauce is very personal.  The kind you like may very well be due to where you were raised.  I was born in Arizona, so spice has always been a part of my life.  And I have a huge sweet tooth, so that is probably why I love this sauce.   Another reason I like it is because it is not overly tangy.  Most of the ones I tried before this were tangy, and it just wasn’t what I was looking for. This sauce is very similar to Bullseye Original Bar-B-Q sauce so if you are a fan of that brand you probably would like this one.

Sweet and Spicy Bar-B-Q Sauce

This sauce is great to have on hand for all kinds of things.  I think my favorite way to use it is on grilled chicken.  My hope is to use it as a sauce for pulled pork or shredded beef sandwiches.  I also think it would make a great gift for a new neighbor or a housewarming present.  If you love spicy and/or sweet bar-b-q sauce, or you really liked making mud pies as a kid, I highly recommend you give this one a try.   Just be sure to leave out the sticks and leaves! 🙂

Sweet and Spicy Bar-B-Q Sauce

Sweet and Spicy Homemade Bar-B-Q Sauce

  • 1 ¼ c ketchup
  • 1 ¼ c light brown sugar
  • ¼ c molasses
  • ¼ c apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ c water
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 ½ tsp. ground mustard
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • ½ garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. coarse ground pepper
  • ¼ to ½ cayenne pepper (You might want to start out with ¼ and go from there.  It does mellow a little bit over night.)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium size saucepan.
  2. Whisk until smooth and then bring to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Let cool before transferring to an airtight container and refrigerating until needed.

Recipe from Cook AZ I Do, slightly adapted from Barefeet in the Kitchen

Categories: 4th of July Recipes, Cabin & Camping Recipes, Chicken Recipes, Food Gifts, Low Fat Recipes, Main Dish Recipes, Recipes, Summer Recipes
Shari

My name is Shari, and I am an Arizona native and married mother of 3 who loves to cook and bake and figure out how to garden successfully in our suburban home in the desert. On this blog you will find a combination of savory and sweet recipes that have been tested by me, along with many tips to help you be successful. I hope you enjoy them!

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