Because homemade is just better. This is easy and way better than any BBQ sauce I ever bought in a bottle. (Just take a look at the ingredients of that bottled sauce next time. ugh-half I couldn;t even pronounce) There are so many different ways to create a BBQ sauce from scratch- experiment with different flavors and spices!
Note: this is a bit on the spicy side. To tone down the heat start with just a very small pinch of cayenne (or go with a mild hot sauce and use just a dash) and then progress with more to taste.
(makes about 1 cup of sauce)
- 1 (8oz) can of tomato sauce
- 2 tbsp of ketchup
- 1 tbsp of Dijon mustard (you can use whatever mustard you have in the fridge)
- 3 tsp of brown sugar
- 3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
- big pinch of cayenne (Or you can use hot sauce)
- 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp of onion powder
- 1/2 tsp of ground cumin
- In a small sauce pot combine all ingredients and stir to combine. Heat over medium low heat until it comes to a simmer.
- Simmer for at least 15 minutes to let the flavors combine and sauce thicken. You can keep over low heat and just a slight simmer for really as long as you like. Longer simmering means a thicker consistency. If the sauce gets too thick for you- just add a bit of water to loosen it up.
- Any leftovers just put into some tupperware and store in the fridge. You can even put in a squeeze bottle and store like that!