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Smoky Homemade Barbecue Sauce (No Liquid Smoke!)

Smoky Homemade Barbecue Sauce No Liquid Smoke

Discover a homemade barbecue sauce with the mouth watering smoky flavor you’ll need to turn your barbecue pork, chicken, or any meat into a backyard culinary masterpiece!

Smokey Homemade Barbecue Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 onion
  • 2 Jalapeño peppers
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 Cup brown sugar
  • 2 Cups ketchup
  • 1 Cup cider vinegar
  • 1 Cup honey (local if possible)
  • ½ Cup yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp hot sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher (or sea) salt
  • Ground black pepper

Smoky Homemade Barbecue Sauce (No Liquid Smoke!)

As with any great BBQ sauce, start by actually barbecuing some of the ingredients. Set up your gill for two-zone cooking, with some apple or other fruit wood for a sweet smoky flavor.

Place the jalapeños, garlic and onions on the indirect side, with the garlic placed as far from the heat source as possible since it’s going to cook the fastest. Close the lid and cook shortly, making sure not to burn your ingredients!

When done, remove the seeds and dice the jalapeños. Also dice the onions you grilled and the green pepper, and mince the smoked garlic cloves.

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Heat up some vegetable oil and some kosher salt. Throw in the green pepper, followed by the onion, jalapeños and minced garlic. When they start shrinking, add in the brown sugar, cider vinegar, ketchup, mustard , hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and honey. Mix well, then finally add salt & pepper to taste.

Bring the mix up to a simmer, then turn off the heat to avoid burning the sugars in the honey.

Pour the sauce into a food processor that can handle the heat (or let it cool down first) and blend well to break down the larger pieces.

Finally, bottle your homemade barbecue sauce in a glass bottle or container (make sure to use warm bottles to avoid any cracks forming from the rapid change of temperature). Use immediately, or seal for storage


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