Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe

No More Store-Bought After You Try This

It's always great to have a barbecue sauce to slather on chicken in the last few minutes of grilling. I like making my own, and it's so easy! This one is positively addictive. Sweet, tangy, with a little heat, you really can't go wrong. You could also use this as a tomato base on pizzas, dip for chicken fingers, sauce on burgers, and more. Be creative! Add more cayenne if you like things really spicy. 


1 tbsp butter
2 cups onion, diced
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 clove minced garlic
2/3 cup ketchup
1/4 cup liquid honey
2 tbsp packed brown sugar
2 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

  Melt 1 tbsp butter in a skillet and sauté onion until softened, about 4 minutes.  Stir in the garlic and vinegar, then continue to cook until almost no liquid remains.

  In a small bowl, stir together the ketchup, honey, brown sugar, dry mustard, paprika, and cayenne. Add to the onion mixture and bring to a simmer over medium heat before turning down to low and simmering gently for about 25 minutes until the sauce thickens.

  Serve with chicken fingers, or pieces of barbecue chicken.  Brush over nearly cooked pieces in the last 10 to 15 minutes of cooking. The sauce keeps well and can be made about a month ahead. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Makes 1 cup

Adapted from Canadian Living

She may go by the name Scatteredmom online, but Karen really is anything but scattered when it comes to the kitchen.  Churning out tasty treats within view of the Georgia Strait on Canada's west coast, Karen will hand you an organized weekly meal plan or teach you how to make meals from scratch.  As Mom to a teenage boy, she knows exactly what it takes to keep kids full and happy-which has really come in handy with her job as the Food Editor at Yummy Mummy Club.

A strong supporter of Food Revolution who has been endorsed by Jamie Oliver himself, by day Karen can be found working as a special education teaching assistant, running a kitchen and showing teenagers how to cook nutritious meals for themselves.  By night, when she's not chatting on Twitter and answering cooking questions,  she writes her popular blog Notes From the Cookie Jar, or posting mouthwatering recipes over at Chasing Tomatoes.  Not afraid to give her opinion and passionate about community, Karen spoke at Blissdom Canada 2010 and her writing has been published in Canadian Living magazine, as well as in various online publications. 

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