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Sunday, January 10, 2010

BBQ Sauce - Sweet

I slow-cooked some pork butt yesterday and made some sauce for the pulled pork sandwiches. After searching the net for homemade BBQ sauces I modified one that I really liked. Here is a recipe that you may want to try. Personally, I prefer the sauce to be sweet and tangy but not too acidic. Here`s a disclaimer: Most amounts are approximate, aside from the ketchup and vinegar, as I really don't measure ingredients exactly. For example, I just poured molasses until I felt like it was enough. These measures, however, should get you started.

BBQ Sauce - Sweet

2 cups Heinz Ketchup
1 cup Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar
4 tbs Molasses
3 tbs Dark brown sugar
2 tbs White granulated sugar
3 tsp Sea salt
2 tsp Freshly ground black pepper - to taste
1 tbs Hoisin sauce
2 tbs 'Honey & Ginger' Honey
2 tbs Pure Maple Syrup
2 tsp Soya Sauce
1 tsp Tabasco sauce - to taste
1 tsp Liquid smoke - Hickory or Mesquite
* 2-3 tbs of your favourite bottled bbq sauce - optional*

If there is too much vinegar taste for your palate, add more ketchup and season to taste. Add all ingredients to a medium pot and stir well till sugars are dissolved. Heat and simmer on med-low for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid burning, then bottle and serve warm to guests. Makes about 3 1/2 cups sauce and recipe can be made well-ahead of time.

I put brand names like "Heinz" and "Tabasco" in list but feel free to add your preferred brands. If you've never used liquid smoke before, go out and get some, it really adds another dimension to the sauce. You may add other ingredients or modify amounts listed to your taste.

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