Basic barbecue sauce

Basic barbecue sauce

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Ben's BBQ Bible
Makes
485 g
Photographer
Billy Law

No self-respecting American pit master would be caught behind a barbecue without a barbecue sauce recipe, and this one’s both a sauce and a glaze. I brush it over barbecued ribs or pork belly in the final stages of cooking to create a glaze, but you can also use it as a straight barbecue sauce with grilled meats or sausages.

This basic recipe is a simple combination of sweet and sour components that works really well. If you’d like to try something a little different, experiment with fruit juices and other spices to mix it up a little. It’s all about personal tastes.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 cup dark brown sugar
250ml sherry vinegar
1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 star anise
1 jalapeño chilli, halved
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
60ml tomato ketchup
200g tinned chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon salt

Method

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a heavy-bottomed saucepan.
  2. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a low simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
  3. Use a stick blender to purée until the sauce is smooth. If the sauce is still thin, continue to cook it until the sauce coats the back of a spoon well.
  4. Serve at room temperature. The sauce will keep for up to 3 months in the refrigerator if stored in an airtight container.
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