Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Yesterday was my husband's birthday.  For his birthday celebration I made him Kimi's "soaked" Brownie Pudding Cake.  Sweetened only with honey, but chocolate-y enough to please guests, it was a good choice.  No pictures- I was too busy!  I also made "soaked" Oatmeal Almond Butter Cookies (cookie post is coming later this week- yeah!) which were a big hit with everyone.  For his birthday dinner we had beef short ribs, mashed potatoes, and steamed broccoli with butter and cheese.  Our potatoes were mashed with sour cream, butter, and chicken broth.  Sprinkle with some salt & pepper = yum!  My daughter said, "Take a picture of my plate!" and then leaned in close...
Some people's children are so camera shy...

The ribs were marinated in homemade barbecue sauce for about 18 hours & had a nice flavor.  I want to share my sauce recipe with you- I had to hunt on the internet to find one that was sweetened only with honey and didn't include stuff I didn't want (like Worcestershire sauce).  I ended up combining a couple different recipes I saw.  This recipe will make about 16 servings- enough to marinade meat in & have more for dipping, etc.  You may want to make it 24 hours ahead of time to allow the flavors to meld together.

Homemade Barbecue Sauce
1 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. ground ginger
1/2 t. black pepper
1/4 t. chili powder
1/4 t. paprika
2 t. Dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup organic or homemade ketchup
1/4 cup organic soy sauce or apple cider vinegar
1/4  cup honey

Whisk all ingredients together.  You're done!

Do you have one of these tools?  This one is from Pampered Chef, but there is also something similar sold at Bed, Bath & Beyond.  This tool is indispensable for me- I use it several times a week for measuring honey, peanut butter, coconut oil- anything that is sticky or hard to get out of a measuring cup.  You slide the inner cylinder down to the appropriate measurement, add your ingredients, then push them clean out into your bowl.  Just use a scraper to scrape what's left off the end & you've got it all- very easy & accurate.  I love it.  In fact, I have to get a new one because this one, after years & years of use, is cracked.  I just find it so handy I had to tell you about it!

Later this week I will also post about making homemade pear sauce in the crockpot.
This post is a part of Tuesday Twister blog carnival at Gnowfglins.



  1. I will be trying this soon - I have not found a healthy bar-b-q sauce that I like. Thanks for posting!!

  2. Thanks! I have wanting a home-made (good for you!) barbecue sauce recipe! Will make sure I save this one.

  3. Excellent! I made some ketchup that doesn't taste quite right so I was going to go looking for a bbq sauce recipe to convert it. Thanks for saving me some work!

  4. @ all- thanks for stopping by & let me know how it works for you- bbq season is a-coming! :)

  5. Yay! I've been looking for a good homemade barbecue sauce recipe. When my ketchup is done fermenting (this weekend), I'll try this!

  6. This is a GREAT BBQ sauce recipe!! I've been looking for an easy and good one. Yours is, hands down, the best!

    1. Thanks Sarah! I'm glad it worked for you & I appreciate the compliment!


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