Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipes

Grilling season has begun! This year, instead of using store-bought varieties, try making homemade barbecue sauce – it’s easy! Slather ribs or burgers with secretly simple barbecue sauce or spicy barbecue sauce. For something with a touch of sweetness, infuse the sauce with fruit by following the recipes for cherry barbecue sauce, blueberry barbecue sauce or orange barbecue sauce. Baste chicken with chocolate barbecue sauce for a unique pairing – your family and guests will have a hard time figuring out what you added! With any of these recipes, offer extra sauce for dipping. And if there’s any leftover, these sauces keep well in the refrigerator for a week or two. Like barbecue sauce on your burgers? Once you’ve mastered these barbecue sauce recipes, head on over to our June issue of Metro Parent for directions on how to make the Fat Doug burger.

Secretly Simple Barbecue Sauce

Break out a saucepan to make this homemade barbecue sauce from Real Simple. You probably already have all the ingredients you need in your refrigerator and pantry. Saute diced onions and garlic before mixing in ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, molasses, Dijon mustard, chili powder and a little bit of cayenne pepper for extra kick.

Spicy Barbecue Sauce

Looking to heat up your meal – and not just the temperature? Try this spicy barbecue sauce recipe from Better Homes and Gardens. The added heat comes from a fresh jalapeno pepper. This recipe makes several jars of the good stuff so you can share with friends and neighbors.

Cherry Barbecue Sauce

Use fresh or frozen cherries to add to a pan full of sauce fixins’. Soften onions and garlic in butter. Next, stir in ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, ground mustard and brown sugar. Mix in cherries and cook until tender. That’s all you need to make this cherry barbecue sauce from Taste of Home.

Blueberry Barbecue Sauce

While the cherry flavor stands out, blueberries meld into the sauce deepening the flavor and adding a sweet tang. This blueberry barbecue sauce from the Blueberry Council goes well with pork loin – or even as a dipping sauce with chicken tenders.

Orange Barbecue Sauce

Ramp up the flavor of bottled sauce with some extra ingredients – that’s the idea behind this orange barbecue sauce from Kraft. Mix together barbecue sauce, orange marmalade, Dijon mustard and finely chopped onion. No need to heat this sauce before serving.

Chocolate Barbecue Sauce

Use this chocolate barbecue sauce from Saveur to baste grilled chicken or even to top meatloaf. Don’t worry – this won’t taste like dessert. The chocolate adds depth and richness to the flavor of the sauce, not sweetness.


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