Homemade BBQ Sauce

Imagine my surprise when I posted a pic on Instagram of my BBQ chicken and some sweet soul actually wanted the recipe!!!
As promised, I am going to share the recipe with you and I hope to the heavens you like it!! It was a struggle figuring out what measurements I use.....since I don't actually measure! LOL! 
Somehow, I managed to get it done, so here you go!

Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce
(makes 5-6 cups)

- 2 cups Ketchup
- 2 cups Tomato Sauce
- 1 cup Clover Honey
- 1 tablespoon Yellow Mustard
- 1 cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 4 teaspoons Liquid Smoke (hickory flavored)
- 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil *see note*
- 1/2 teaspoon Granulated Garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder 
- 1/4 teaspoon Chili Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon 
- 1/8 - 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- 2 Tablespoons salt free seasoning blend

(*Note: if you are going to use the sauce on chicken with skin or ribs....omit the above mentioned oil. If you choose to use this sauce in other applications, follow the directions above.)


1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until well blended. If using as a marinade, skip to step 3.

2. Transfer desired amount to a pot and let simmer for 20- 30 minutes or  until desired thickness. Serve warm or cool to room temp for marinade. 

3. Use 1-2 cups to marinate raw meat and allow to sit, covered or sealed, for 4-24 hours. 

4. Drain excess marinade BEFORE cooking!! Baste meats the last 30 minutes of cooking time with fresh sauce and pan drippings. 

5. Store cool & unused sauce in an airtight container in the fridge (7-14 days) or freezer (up to 3 months)

Easy as pie......or chicken, for that matter! This sauce goes well with just about .....anything! Have it over quinoa.....use it in place of soy sauce in fried rice......try it in a stir fry.......even use it to wake up an egg white omelette!!

The base of this BBQ sauce can also be morphed into a meatloaf glaze or a great sloppy joe sauce I just may share with you as well! Try it and tell me what you think!

So, the next time you're struggling to make food that's good for you and tastes......uh, good......
.......make a batch of Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce to save the day!  


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