A Kansas City style, tomato based, sweet and tangy homemade bbq sauce. Robust, thick, and savory. Try it on meats, as a dipping sauce, or a pizza sauce.
By Diana Bauman
Besides gardening, what I love about spring is that it’s the beginning of bbq season! For me and mine, that usually means more recipes using a good, thick, sweet and tangy bbq sauce. I like to make pulled pork sandwiches in the slow cooker, bbq pork ribs and beef short ribs, ham hock with baked beans, and, of course, bbq chicken pizza… my favorite!
Unfortunately, many bbq sauces sold pre-bottled have many processed ingredients including high fructose corn syrup. It’s a blessing that you can now find some good organic options but finding one with a good robust flavor can prove itself to be a bit more difficult. I’ve been working on my bbq sauce recipe over the past couple of years, tinkering with a couple of the ingredients each time I made it. I’ve been pleased to have received great feedback from it each time I serve it to family and friends. My homemade bbq sauce is a Kansas City style sauce. It’s tomato based, sweet, and tangy… but not too tangy. It’s robust, thick and savory, and best of all… easy to make.
- 1 large shallot (1/3 cup), minced
- 2 tbls extra virgin olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
- 1 6oz can tomato paste
- 2 cans water, from empty tomato paste
- ¼ cup molasses
- 1 cup honey
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tbls fish sauce
- 1 tbls dijon mustard
- 2 tsp large granule salt
- In a small heavy bottomed sauce pan, gently heat 2 tbls extra virgin olive oil. Add the shallots and garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes or until the shallots start to turn translucent and just start to brown. Add the tomato paste and water; mix through. Allow to come to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Add the molasses, honey, vinegar, fish sauce, dijon mustard, and salt; mix through, bring to a boil the lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes more. - See more at: http://www.myhumblekitchen.com/2014/04/easy-homemade-bbq-sauce-real-food-way/#sthash.v3MuPGMj.dpuf
As a first generation American, Diana shares her family’s traditional Spanish and Mexican recipes at her successful blog Spain In Iowa. She also writes about faith, family, organic gardening, raising backyard chickens and preserving the harvest.