There is nothing quite like barbecue sauce, when the summer brings friends together at backyard barbecue parties. You can make these social gatherings even more special by adding a personal touch of your own with homemade barbecue sauce.
Your homemade barbecue sauce could also be a simple way to create a bit of heritage to hand down to the next family generation.
After all, making homemade barbecue sauce is fun to do and easy to learn. In fact, you probably have most of the ingredients on your shelves. When you create your personal sauce, you save money and have total control over what goes into the sauce. After you have made a batch, it can be consumed immediately or refrigerated for seven days in an air tight glass or a plastic container.
To help get started, here are the important keys to making your homemade barbecue sauce.
The Barbecue Sauce Base
No matter what kind of sauce you wish to create, you will require a basic sauce prior to adding spices. Many people prefer plain old familiar ketchup, with mustard, honey and mashed pieces of fruit.
The consistency of your sauce will determine how smooth it will end up being. You do not want it to be so thin that it runs off the food. Nor do you want a thick paste that needs a knife. Ketchup makes an easier base to start working with since it already has a smooth consistent texture. Try number 10 ketchup because it has an acidity level and a zing flavor that goes well with barbecue food.
The Amount Of Acidity
Acidity gives the sauce a clean edge taste that is exciting to the nose and the taste buds. You can add fruit flavored vinegars like apple, raspberry or cider for a tangy flavor. Worcestershire and Tabasco sauce also add a nice zing taste to the base.
Homemade vinegar can be made by adding fruit to white vinegar in an air sealed container and storing it for one to two months.
Seasonings For Flavor
After created your base, its time to develop your personal distinct flavor by adding spices, along with salt and pepper.
Here is a list to help you be creative while making your sauce. If you are not familiar with a particular ingredient, begin with small quantities to prevent overwhelming your homemade barbecue sauce.
- Jamaican Jerk
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Ground Ginger
- Mango Powder
Add Sweet Flavor
You can add sweetness to match your own preference such as cane sugar, dark brown sugar and molasses. Keep in mind that darker sugars have a stronger sweet taste that work better in a barbecue sauce.
Cooking Your Sauce
After you have chosen and added the ingredients to your base sauce, place them in a large deep cooking pot. Stir until it’s completely blended. Turn on the stove temperature to medium-high until the sauce boils. Then immediately lower the heat and let it simmer.
Leave the pot uncovered and occasionally stir the sauce with a wooden spoon. Make sure there is nothing sticking on the sides or on the bottom. If it starts to stick, lower the heat. Continue to let it simmer for four hours with occasional stirring.
Give yourself twenty four hours to make homemade barbecue sauce so the sauce can completely cool, the ingredients can mingle together and the flavors can stabilize.
Brush some of your homemade barbecue sauce on pork or beef ribs, chicken, and grilled hamburgers.