Basic BBQ Sauce

There are recipes that in the past, while I worked, I made 2 or 3 times a week. Little by little they were adjust, but I always remember the first time, I remember reading about the history of  BBQ Sauces, I was stubborn, I did not want to find a recipe, I wanted to know what was the idea behind it, specially because I did not like it. It was hard to make a sweet sauce for meat, really hard. Coming from a different food culture it was hard to like BBQ, but then I started making it, and little by little I change this recipe; add, take away, exchange but at the end I finally write the amounts that for my taste buds will always work. I am placing here what I called the basic BBQ, because I always make this base first; and then I make it fun. Like this last week I made a Batch, divided in two, to one I add Mesquite Liquid Smoked and Chipotle Sauce; to the other one I add minced pineapple and 12 oz honey and Hickory Liquid Smoke. All the ingredients are your basic, follow your taste buds, if you are new to BBQ Sauce then try this amounts and after that change it to your likeness. 


12 Cups Ketchup
2 Cup Water
2 Cup Pineapple juice
5 Cups Brown Sugar, packed cups
1/2 Cup Apple Vinegar
1/4 Cup Regular Mustard
1 Tblsp freshly Grounded Pepper, if you like the peppery flavor you might want to add 1 Tblsp more.
2 Tblsp Chili Powder
2 Tblsp Smoked Paprika
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp cumin
4 to 6 tsp salt, depending on your taste
1 Tblsp Worcestershire
Liquid Smoke, to taste


Mix all ingredients with a whisk and cook on a heavy bottom pot (stainless steel preferred) , allow to boil and then simmer for  a few minutes to let all the flavors blend together. Top your Burgers, top your meats, use it to make Sloppy Joe's, Great on Pork, etc. Always keep a Basic BBQ Sauce in your fridge for last minute hamburgers or chicken, or to make Sloppy Joe's.

Something More:

I sometimes add 2 Tblsp of grounded instant coffee. I said sometimes because it all depends for who it is, some of my friends do not drink coffee  then coffee is left out. I don't even put it in the jars that i make for storage, only until I make sure is for family. When at work and, espresso coffee shots were available, I will choose that type of coffee.

I always make this large batch, it gives me 5 quarts and I quickly seal them and store them.

Have Fun Cooking and Enjoy


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