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Sweet & Smokey BBQ Sauce

I bought Mike Sr a meat smoker for Christmas.  We finally got around to using it around June of this year, and it has been super fun and yummy around here.  We have tried a number of bbq sauce recipes from scratch, but this one is our VERY favorite... We just love it!  It is sweet, but smokey, and I will take this over any other sauce we have ever bought or made.  It works fabulously on ribs, (just slather on a couple of hours before they are done), but we keep it in the refrigerator to dip anything in!  Here is how he makes it:

  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup finely diced sweet or yellow onion (we pulsed ours through the ninja chopper so it was just about smooth)
  • 2 Tbsp finely minced garlic
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste concentrate (in the tube)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp prepared Dijon mustard OR 2 tsp ground mustard (the ground mustard gives it a little bit more of a kick)
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 Tbsp Applewood seasoning or other BBQ rub
  1. In medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat.  
  2. Add the onion and sauté until translucent,( about 3 mins if you blended it like we did).  
  3. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.  
  4. Add the ketchup, honey, tomato paste, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire, mustard, cayenne, black pepper and liquid smoke and stir well.  
  5. Add the Applewood seasoning, stir well and simmer for 4-5 minutes.  
  6. If the sauce is too thick for your liking, you can slowly whisk up to ½ cup water in until the sauce reaches the consistency you like, bringing it back to a simmer.  
  7. Cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


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