Homemade bbq sauce?

Kyandasu
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Hey everyone, I really want to make pan-cooked bbq chicken for one of my bento, but I am very broke because of Christmas shopping! (Seriously, I can't even afford to buy a bottle of bbq sauce right now. >_>)

So I was wondering if you had any recipes of your own? I'd rather it not be too complicated--after all, I am broke. But I do have worcestershire sauce, ketchup, various cooking wines. The flavor doesn't have to be EXACTLY like bbq sauce, just similar and somewhat sweet--maybe even a little spicy.

Thanks for your help!

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bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Homemade bbq sauce?

I make my own, but it's neither quick nor particularly cheap, it's also more than just a little spicy but that's adjustable. Here's the recipe anyway. I made it up, trying to recreate one I used to buy which is no longer available. It was called Burning Desire, I call mine:

No Smoke Without …
(Hot and smoky tomato based barbecue sauce.)

Cooking time: 5 hours

Ingredients

2 - 3 kg tomatoes (approx) quartered
2 big onions chopped
6 cloves garlic chopped
3 heaped tablespoons treacle or molasses
2 handfuls sultanas
200ml Worcestershire Sauce
6 big dried (or not) Habañera (Scotch Bonnet) chilis, stalks removed, ripped to bits
2 teaspoons cayenne powder
3 tablespoons liquid smoke
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup malt vinegar
2 tablespoons salt

Pair of rubber gloves; put them on before ripping the chilis to bits. This will save you any amount of grief if you get itchy eyes within the next couple of days.

Method

Put everything into a preserving pan or large pot.
Bring to boil, then simmer until everything is very mushy.
Put it all through a Mouli (food mill) or press through a colander or coarse sieve.
Discard the stuff that didn't get through - skins etc. There shouldn't be very much because you have been very thorough in your sieving.
Whizz the pulp in a blender until it is smooth.
Return to cleaned preserving pan or pot, bring to boil, simmer for as long as it takes to reduce the sauce to a nice thick consistency. Taste it, and adjust salt, sugar and vinegar.
Leave it until the next day and taste again (when your tongue has recovered) adjust again if necessary.
Bring to boil and bottle in hot sterilised bottles.

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Kyandasu
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Re: Homemade bbq sauce?

Thanks. It sounds super tasty. But yeah, I'd rather not have to go out and buy molasses and chiles and liquid smoke. Some of the other recipes I found online called for molasses and liquid smoke, too. I wonder if I should just try throwing together ingredients and see how it goes. =\

Loretta
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Re: Homemade bbq sauce?

I just looked around to see what British recipes there might be as they might be simpler since the BBQ tradition is much more low key (liquid smoke isn't a common ingredient over here)
These two have similar basic ingredients:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/bbqsauce_4973

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/other-recipes/my-epic-bbq-sauce

which are: onion, garlic and chillies cooked into a paste with sugar and ketchup and other ingredients

Assuming you have soy sauce/shoyu to hand you may have all you need to make the first BBQ sauce from the BBC (I doubt the fennel is essential).
If you don't have brown sugar you can always caramelise some or just rely on the white sugar in the sauce caramelising once it has coated your pan cooked chicken.

But I would suggest looking at the Jamie Oliver recipe also and seeing if there are any elements and tips from that you can incorporate.
For next year (when you have some more cash) I really recommend Spanish smoked paprika as a substitute for liquid smoke, it's a wonderful ingredient and economic too as a little goes a very long way - I tend to mix a little in with regular paprika unless I'm making a paella style rice dish and want it to taste like it was cooked on firewood).

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Homemade bbq sauce?

Liquid smoke isn't common here either. I find it really handy though, and use it on my home-cured bacon and some salamis instead of actually cold smoking them because I don't have a cold smoker. It works very well, being actual smoke dissolved in water. It gives quite a different flavour from smoked paprika, which I also love. Often I use both in salamis.
It's not in the least necessary in barbecue sauce though - I just put it in mine because the one I was trying to copy was smoky.

Kyandasu
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Re: Homemade bbq sauce?

Yeah...am I weird for thinking the whole idea of liquid smoke is awesome? Smoke dissolved in water--it almost doesn't make sense.

Kyandasu
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Re: Homemade bbq sauce?

Thanks! Both those recipes sound nice and doable. :)

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Homemade bbq sauce?

I think they just bubble the smoke through water - a bit like a monster hookah pipe. I thought it'd be made up of a bunch of chemicals, like a flavouring, but no, they just dissolve smoke in water. So it has pretty much all the qualities of smoke, e.g. prevents the growth of mould on salami, and also makes it taste good.

Kyandasu
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Re: Homemade bbq sauce?

Cool :)

Re: Homemade bbq sauce?

Here is a basic sauce recipe I use.

1 Cup Ketchup
1 tbsp Mustard
3 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 tbsp Vinegar
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
3 tbsp Brown Sugar
1 tbsp Black Pepper

Enjoy!
Andrew
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