Making homemade bbq sauce is so much easier than you would think!
This homemade BBQ sauce is easy to make and has such good flavor. It’s thick and tangy and rich and sweet and all the things you want in a good BBQ sauce. If you cook a lot [which I’m thinking if you looked up how to make homemade BBQ sauce that you probably do] you most likely have a lot of the ingredients on hand already!
Tomato paste or ketchup is the base to most bbq sauces, and then it’s pretty much spices and something to make it sweet. This recipe uses tomato paste and good, old-fashioned brown sugar. I took some classes on BBQ, and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.
Just kidding. I watch way more Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives than I’d like to admit, and I take notes on my phone. I’m serious. You can make fun of me, it’s cool. BUT. It is where I picked up my secret ingredient from.
Wait for it…
Coffee. I put a cup in my BBQ sauce, and coffee grounds in my pulled pork dry rub, and it’s delicious! It adds a bold, rich flavor that takes the sauce to the next level.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup coffee
- 2 6 oz. cans of tomato paste
- ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1½ tbsp worcestershire sauce
- ½ tsp liquid smoke
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp ground mustard
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp cayenne powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- Mix together your wet ingredients and bring to a boil.
- Turn the heat down to low. Add your spices and sugar and whisk together.
- Simmer for 50 minutes stirring occasionally.