Hot & Smoky Barbecue Sauce

I like a blob of sauce on the side of my plate as much as the next girl.  What I don’t like is all the rubbish that goes into commercial sauces.  For example, this is the ingredient list for a supermarket own brand barbecue sauce:

Tomato Puree,Glucose-Fructose Syrup ,Spirit Vinegar ,Black Treacle ,Dijon Mustard ,Soy Sauce ,Modified Maize Starch ,Roasted Barley Malt Extract ,Spices ,Flavouring ,Salt ,Onion Powder ,Garlic Powder , Sweetener (Sucralose) ,Celery Extract. ,Dijon Mustard contains ,Water ,Mustard Seed ,Spirit Vinegar ,Salt. ,Soy Sauce contains ,Water ,Soya Bean ,Wheat ,Salt.

Hmmm, so the second ingredient is glucose-fructose syrup (otherwise known as high fructose corn syrup – worse for you than sugar).  Yuck.   Then, as if that wasn’t bad enough there’s another delicious toxin, masquerading as a sweetener – sucralose (otherwise known as Splenda).   Not exactly the sort of thing I want to eat, and especially not something I want to feed my children.

So, what’s a girl to do?  Why – make my own barbecue sauce, of course!  Life may be too short to stuff a mushroom, but it’s not too short to rustle up some barbecue sauce to go with your home made burgers.  It’s easy peasy.   Here’s how:

Take these ingredients:

150ml tomato puree

150ml organic cider vinegar

125ml honey

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped or crushed

1/2 tsp hot smoked paprika (if you only have regular paprika, use this but add some chilli powder too, for a bit more kick)

salt (I like my pink Himalayan salt)

pepper

Plop your ingredients in the saucepan.  Stir.  Bring to the boil then simmer for 5 minutes.  Serve.  Yep, that’s it!  Told you it was easy peasy.

dinner with bbq sauce

Use some straight away and chill some down for the rest of the week.  As you can see from the pic, I served mine with burgers and roasted veg, then we had it again later in the week as a dip, and also as a topping for pizza.  Yum yum.

I am sharing this post as part of Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesday.

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2 thoughts on “Hot & Smoky Barbecue Sauce

  1. Angela says:

    You know what we make a variety of homemade burgers here and I never make our own sauce for them and I should really. You’ve highlighted a very good point here, at least for me so thank you.

  2. yum! I experienced the same thing this weekend at a friends house. Why is all the BBQ Sauce garbage!? It really is annoying. Even more that people just blindly grab these things and eat it, although I used to be one of those people too… 😉
    Looks wonderful! I’m giving this a try! 🙂

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