BBQ Sauce

Chef Debra serves chicken wings with barbecue sauce for the big game

Note: This flavorful zesty sauce is perfect for grilling or as a side dip! You can substitute molasses for the Worcestershire sauce for a vegan version.

Yield: about 2 cups of BBQ sauce (about 8 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • One-quarter cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce or 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • One-half teaspoon of chili powder
  • One-half teaspoon of mustard powder
  • One-half teaspoon espresso instant coffee
  • Red chili pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, or hot sauce to taste

Method

Prepare your work area:

  1. Run a few inches of warm soapy water in your sink before you start the recipe so you have a handy place to plunge your fingers when needed. Read our post “Start with soapy hot water”.
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  3. Use a work tray to contain any spills that might occur. Order Work Trays individually or from the Kitchen Basics Collection linked above.

TBK Recipe suggestion: Measure and mix the dried herbs and spices together before adding to the wet ingredients for a more efficient and leisurely cooking experience.

In a small bowl, combine the following dried herbs and spices using your Dry Measure Spoons to measure the ingredients and set aside.
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
One-half teaspoon of chili powder
One-half teaspoon of mustard powder
One-half teaspoon espresso instant coffee

In a small saucepan over low heat, using your Wet Measure Cups and Wet Measure Spoons, stir together:
2 cups ketchup
One-quarter cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce or 1 tablespoon molasses

Add in pre-measured dry spice and herb blend and stir.
Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before brushing on your favorite meat or vegetable. Or, you can use it as a dip.

Enjoy!

Chicken wings with barbecue sauce
Chicken wings with BBQ sauce. Use this sauce as a dip for vegetables as well.

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