How to Make Barbecue sauce

How to Make Barbecue sauce - 1 7
  • 500g ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 60ml apple cider vinegar
  • 60ml Worcestershire sauce
  • 60ml tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
Per serving
Calories: 140 kcal
Proteins: 1.5 g
Fats: 0.5 g
Carbohydrates: 32 g
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  • In a medium saucepan, heat a little oil over medium heat. Add the diced onions and minced garlic. Sauté until the onions become translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes to the saucepan, along with brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato paste. Stir well to combine.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. This will allow the flavors to meld and the sauce to thicken.
  • After 30 minutes, stir in the Dijon mustard, smoked paprika, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Adjust the cayenne pepper to your preferred level of spiciness.
  • Continue to simmer the sauce for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until it reaches your desired consistency.
  • Remove the sauce from heat and let it cool slightly.
  • Transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender directly in the saucepan.
  • Strain the sauce through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any remaining chunks.
  • Allow the sauce to cool completely before transferring it to a clean, airtight jar or container for storage.

Barbecue sauce is a versatile condiment that pairs well with various grilled and roasted dishes. It is commonly served with barbecued meats such as ribs, chicken, and pulled pork. Additionally, it can be used as a dipping sauce for chicken tenders, French fries, or as a topping for burgers and sandwiches.

Barbecue sauce is a classic American condiment known for its rich, tangy, and slightly sweet flavor. Its tomato-based nature provides a vibrant red color and a smooth texture, making it an appealing addition to a wide range of dishes. The blend of savory and sweet elements, along with a hint of smokiness from the paprika, makes it a favorite among many barbecue enthusiasts.

Facts about Barbecue Sauce:

  1. The origins of barbecue sauce can be traced back to Native American and Caribbean cultures, where early versions of the sauce were used to flavor and preserve meat.
  2. Different regions in the United States have their own distinct styles of barbecue sauce, such as the tomato-based sauce commonly found in the South and the vinegar-based sauce popular in the Carolinas.
  3. Barbecue sauce is not limited to just meat dishes; it can also be used as a marinade or glaze for vegetables and tofu, adding a burst of flavor to plant-based meals.
  4. Commercially available barbecue sauces often come in a variety of flavors, including honey barbecue, hickory-smoked, and spicy chipotle, catering to different taste preferences. However, making homemade barbecue sauce allows for customization and control over the ingredients used.
  5. While barbecue sauce adds a delightful taste to dishes, it is essential to moderate its consumption due to its sugar content, which can contribute to excess calorie intake if used excessively. Enjoy it in moderation as part of a balanced diet.
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