Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Barbeque Sauce

I know that ketchup is one of the main ingredients in barbeque sauce. So, it shouldn't have surprised me when I looked at the ingredients to my favorite barbeque sauce and saw that the first ingredient on the list was high fructose corn syrup. I was prepared for it to be high on the list, but first absolutely floored me.

A while ago, I started buying organic ketchups because we decided we like the taste of ketchup made with sugar better than ketchup made with high fructose corn syrup. Unfortunately, I went a little crazy at the store and made our fridge look like we were on a ketchup bender - we ended up with about 3 bottles of the stuff in the fridge. So, I decided to make barbeque sauce. I was a little hesitant at first, after one terribly failed attempt, but I gave it another try and I am so glad I did. This sauce had nice heat to it, and we have now tried it with both chicken and pork and it's fantastic with both. I'm glad I made a double batch.

Spicy Barbeque Sauce
Recipe from Epicurious, adapted

2 TBSP oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup finely chopped celery (I think I used 2 ribs, total in my double batch)
1 TBSP minced garlic
1 TBSP paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
3/4 cup ketchup (try to use organic)
1/2 cup beer
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce

Heat oil over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Add onion and celery and cook until tender, probably about 5 minutes. Add garlic and spices and stir. Cook for about a minute. Add the ketchup, beer, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce.

Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.


Joanne said...

Homemade is definitely the way to go! I've made all sorts of different types from Texas to chipotle to coffee flavored...all delicious.

Kristin said...

I love homemade BBQ sauce. My husband makes BBQ sauce and now I don't think I could go back to store bought. I think homemade has more flavor to it.