The Best Homemade BBQ Sauce #12bloggers

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Do you smell that? That smoky flavor in the air? It’s BBQ season!

I love grilling season mainly because The Hubs does a lot of the work. As much as I love to cook, I like to be served as well. Meat is The Hubs domain, and he’s quite the skillful BBQ-er.

Best Ever Homemade BBQ Sauce | Betsylife.com

I got him a smoker for Christmas 2 years ago and it has really upped his BBQ game. Tri-Tips, briskets, salmon, and even a couple Thanksgiving turkeys have seen the inside of that smoker. It’s a great way to make a perfectly cooked piece of meat.

The two of us have a system. I buy the meat, and prepare it. He prepares the smoker, gets up early to put the meat in, monitors it the whole day, and carves it up when its ready. I provide sauces and sides, and our friends happily eat it all up. It’s a pretty great partnership.

I love to make my own BBQ sauce and recently I made one that had everyone ooh-ing and ahh-ing. It’s actually a very simple recipe, and super easy to customize based on whatever you have on hand. All you need is something sweet, something spicy, something smoky, and something tangy. I generally prefer a tomato based sauce, although my friend Stefan makes a mean Carolina style, vinegar based sauce that I love.

I guess it all depends on the meat. I slathered this sauce on some smoked brisket sandwiches, and it was a match made in heaven.

What kind of BBQ sauce to you love the most?

Best Ever Homemade BBQ Sauce | Betsylife.com

With the 4th of July coming up, I bet a lot of you are planning on hosting your own BBQ’s. Don’t worry, my #12blogger friends and I have got you covered! From drinks to desserts, we’ve compiled a list of 12 4th of July favorites to meet all of your BBQ needs. Be sure to click around and see what everyone else is bringing to the party.

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The Best Homemade BBQ Sauce
 
Ingredients
  • 1⅓ cups tomato sauce
  • ⅓ cup tomato paste
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ½ cup plus 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke
  • ½ tsp hatch chile powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp chipotle chili powder
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan combine all the ingredients and simmer over low heat for 25 minutes stirring occasionally. Let it cool and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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