'; Homemade BBQ Sauce - Robert M. Pimpsner

Homemade BBQ Sauce

This sauce is based originally on the BBQ sauce recipe that my grandmother made to go with her ribs.  It was a family favorite growing up and went along with her fried rice.  This version has been modified by me to feature a bit more flavor.  This sauce is designed to be used as a marinade and not as a condiment.

First, what would you need:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 whole red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup Jack Daniels Whiskey
  • 4 jalapenos, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
Prepping the onions and jalapeno peppers.
The sauce cooking on the stove.

Now how do you make it:

  1. Step 1
    Finely chop two whole red onions and the four jalapeno peppers and add them to a pot with the melted butter and sauté.
  2. Step 2
    Add the ketchup, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and the whiskey into the pot and mix well.
  3. Step 3
    Add the dark brown sugar, mix until no lumps remain.
  4. Step 4.
    Add in the salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili powder, paprika, and cumin.  Bring the whole pot to a boil.
  5. Step 5.
    Lower height and let the sauce simmer for 30 minutes to an hour
  6. Step 6.
    Taste and add additional seasoning to taste
  7. Step 7.
    Remove from heat and let cool.  Once cooled you may use an immersion blender to smooth the sauce and remove large chunks.


*Note: if I am not smoking the sauce, I substitute the regular paprika for smoked paprika.

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