Homemade Sweet Barbecue Sauce is sweet, savory and delicious! It’s like Sweet Baby Ray’s just minus the high fructose corn syrup!
This is my favorite homemade barbecue sauce.But it’s not just any barbecue sauce.
From the very moment my lips tasted Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, I was hooked. I love the consistency and sweet and savor flavor combination. However it was also in the same moment that I read the label and didn’t care for a few of the ingredients. Which is when I began my mission to make my own sweet barbecue sauce that stands up to this huge name brand, the only difference is that mine recipe is without high fructose corn syrup. It’s sweet, tangy and perfectly seasoned.
If I had to label it, I’d call it Sweet Laurie Loo’s. What? Too similar?? 😉
To Make This Homemade Sweet Barbecue Sauce You Will Need:
- dark brown sugar, packed (packing the brown sugar is crucial so the vinegar is balanced)
- ground mustard
- kosher salt
- black pepper
- red wine vinegar
- Worcestershire sauce
Pantry ingredients. What could be better? I love making food from what I find in my pantry or fridge. It makes me feel chef-y. It’s like I’m on Chopped or something. Pulling off a dinner with only having onion, lemon, vegetable stock and chicken thighs is what I live for!
Start by adding 1-1/2 cups dark brown sugar. It’s a whole lotta dark brown sugar, I know. But I think this is the key to the sweetness of this liquid gold.
Next measure and add in 2-1/2 teaspoons dried mustard, 2 teaspoons paprika, 1-1/2 teaspoons of kosher salt and 3/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper.
Then, using a wooden spoon, break up the dark sugar and mix in those spices.
Next, add in the 1-1/4 cups of ketchup.
And then 1/2 cup red wine vinegar.
Next add a tablespoon or so of Worcestershire sauce.
Then stir until the sugar is dissolve and the seasonings mixed throughout.
Once the barbecue sauce is mixed thoroughly, you can finally pour it into glass jars.
Refrigerate it over night is best so the flavors can develop. At the very least, a couple of hours will do.
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