Barbecue Sauce Recipes

barbecue sauce recipes
Barbecue Sauce Recipes

Continuing the grilling fever, we start of this week with a list of 5 eternal favorite Barbecue Sauce recipes. For something as simple as grilled, it is indeed the BBQ sauce or the marinade which is responsible for almost the entire flavor of the dish, so it is only fair to spend some time fixing up a delicious barbecue sauce by choosing ingredients that are fresh, compliment each other, and work up to make a nice flavorful marinade for your meat or veggies.

Today, we bring before you a list of 5 of my personal favorites. Each one is unique for its flavor and a special ingredient that makes an impact. From simple everyday sauce to fruity creations, as well as one that boasts an espresso flavor, these barbecue sauces will be perfect for all your grilling needs. Make good use of these recipes as we head in to a beautiful Summer season. Title photo by Johny Valiant, via Woman’s Day.

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Neely’s BBQ Sauce
The Neely’s for sure, know how to create a simple but delicious barbecue sauce – after all, its a staple for them. This is the simplest one that I have seen, and yet it is such a flavorful and fool-proof recipe that goes well with any kind of meat.

2 cups ketchup
1 cup water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
5 tablespoons light brown sugar
5 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour 15 minutes.

Orange Chipotle Sauce
The combination of orange and honey makes it nice and sweet, while chipotle lends the spicy kick that will make this a great bbq sauce for anything that you’d like to grill!

3/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup dijon mustard
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
juice and zest of one orange
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon-1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in medium skillet. Simmer for fifteen minutes, then fill and store in an air-tight bottle.

Mango BBQ Sauce
This recipe that come’s from Ellie Kreiger at the FN Kitchen, is one of my favorites – I have used it to marinate Paneer as well as Tofu, and of course, its a preferred choice with chicken. Mangoes are so versatile, you don’t need any convincing how good this sauce would be.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, diced (about 1 cup)
1 red pepper, diced (about 1 cup)
3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/4 cup low-sodium tomato sauce
1 mango, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
2 to 3 jalapenos, minced

Heat the oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium-high. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the red peppers, garlic, salt and pepper, and allspice and cook for 2 minutes more. Stir in the vinegar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, lime juice and tomato sauce and cook for 1 minute more. Transfer the mixture into a bender and add the mango and jalapeno. Blend until smooth.

Berry-Berry BBQ Sauce
This fresh and fruity recipe by Isa Chandra at the Post Punk Kitchen makes good use of the berries that you find during the summer grilling season. It is a bit on the sweeter side, but you can adjust the taste by adding more vinegar and chipotle. You can use any berries you like, even Rhubarb might be a good option. This is my favorite to go with grilled fruits.

1 tablespoon peanut oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch chunk of peeled ginger, minced
2 cups blueberries (I bet raspberries or blackberries would be great, too)
1/2 cup veggie broth or water
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 to 3 teaspoons chipotle powder (smoked paprika would work too)
1/4 cup molasses
2 tablespoons sugar (or more to taste)
Salt to taste, if needed

Preheat a sauce pan over medium heat. Saute the onions in the oil for about 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Add the garlic and ginger, saute for a minute more.

Add the blueberries, veggie broth and soy sauce and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the chipotle, molasses and sugar. Lower heat and let simmer for about 45 minutes, until it’s reduced by about half. It should be nice and thick. Adjust sugar and salt if you need to. Turn the heat off and let sit for about 15 minutes before using, stirring occasionally.

Coffee & Honey BBQ Sauce
I was so intrigued when I first saw this barbecue sauce recipe over at the Well-Fed kitchen. I would never have dreamed of using coffee in a bbq sauce, and yet, as I read the ingredients, it all made sense. The espresso balances the sweetness of the honey, and the end result is a thick and lovely sauce which works great with hard meats, like ribs and bones.

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 cup espresso or strong brewed coffee
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 cup ketchup
3/4 cup honey
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
cayenne pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and saute until it turns a golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the espresso, vinegar, ketchup, honey, soy sauce, cayenne pepper and a grinding of black pepper and whisk to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, about 30 minutes.

Hope you love this collection of Barbecue recipes – use them to create a memorable Backyard BBQ, and share them with your friends and family as you enjoy the Summer Grilling season.


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