The star of the summer cookout, is often, the barbecue sauce. Slather it over chicken, ribs, or even the grill itself! I have been working on my own blend for awhile now. While you will not be seeing my face on a bottle anytime soon, I am very happy with how this turned out.
To show case the sauce, I went with some delicious pork ribs. They remind me of my childhood summers, when I would feast on ribs and my face would end up covered in BBQ sauce. These sweet, tangy, sticky ribs are a sure winner.
Barbecue Sauce Ingredients:
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- 1/2 of a small onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- 1 1/4 cups of organic ketchup
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 5 tablespoons of honey
- 1 tablespoon of worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons of dijon mustard
- 1/4 of a cup of apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of chili powder
- 1/4 of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 2 pinches of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
- 1lb pork ribs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 3 tablespoons water
In a small saucepan with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil I began sautéing 1/2 of an onion and 2 cloves of garlic. I sautéd the onions and garlic until softened and fragrant which took about 5 minutes.
To the onion mixture I added 1 teaspoon of chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 2 pinches of salt, and 1/4 of a teaspoon of pepper. I stirred for 1 minute.
Next I added 1 1/4 cups of ketchup, 5 tablespoons of honey, 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, 2 teaspoons of dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon of worschestshire sauce, and 1 cup of dark brown sugar. Using a whisk I stirred the mixture until everything was incorporated.
I simmered the sauce on low heat for 30 minutes and slightly thickened. I made sure to stir the sauce often.
Once the 30 minutes was up, I removed the barbecue sauce from the heat and carefully sifted the sauce through a sieve to remove the onions and garlic.
I then transferred 1/2 a cup barbecue sauce to a small bowl for brushing on the ribs and placed the rest of the barbecue sauce into a mason jar.
Such a delicious sauce. Sweet, tangy, and some heat in there makes it a deep and flavorful topping. The ribs soaked it right up and were incredibly flavorful. Corn on the cob, ribs, and barbecue sauce… I am pretty sure thats the definition of summer!