Barbecue sauce

Barbecue sauce

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins - 25 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 450ml/16fl oz

Learn how to make superb barbecue sauce and wow your barbie guests - it's incredibly moreish

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
19
protein
0g
carbs
4g
fat
0g
saturates
0g
fibre
0g
sugar
4g
salt
0.06g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 85g brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp malt vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée

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Method

Heat oil in a saucepan and add the onion. Cook over a gentle heat 4-5 mins, until softened. Add remaining ingredients, season and mix. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 mins, until thickened. For a smooth sauce, simply whizz the mixture in a food processor or with a hand blender for a few seconds.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2006

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nicky67's picture

My family loved this sauce. I made it as per recipe, whizzed it to make it smooth then poured it over sausages and baked in the oven. A real hit, and felt far healthier than opening a jar of processed barbecue sauce.

raymogy's picture

if to sweet make again , missing out the sugar. and add the two together

dippydora1's picture

tasted nothing like bbq sauce, far to sweet . More like pasta sauce.

AnthonyRWillis's picture

First time making this, I agree it's too sweet and too tomatoey. This is what I changed. reduced sugar to 45g & added 1 tbsp of clear honey. Reduced puree to half. Added 1 tsp paprika & 2 tsp thyme (for chicken) simmered until thickened then separated sauce from pulp pulp using sieve. I'm using pulp as relish and used sauce for hunters chicken... Amazing!

anita n's picture

this did not taste anything like a BBQ sauce and it definately did not need 30 minutes to simmer! It is tasty though but not BBQ flavour.

ehughes85's picture
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So simple to make and tastes wonderful. A good starter to experiment with - smoked paprika added is a good twist.

janey61's picture

Im always looking for a great bbq sauce for ribs, chicken etc, and even though the ingredients were basic, I thought I would give it a try. It was ok but too much of a tomato sauce, more for pasta or as an accompaniment.

daftdave's picture

I'm new to cooking so this may be a silly question but how is there 0 g of fat when the olive oil has some 13 g per tbs. I don't understand. I ask this because I have high cholesterol and need to know

buell8abe's picture
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Sorry I forgot to star! Full 5 stars :)

buell8abe's picture
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Oooh, yummy! Big hail storm today (in August!) so decided on an indoor BBQ. This sauce is perfect for our taste, also cheap and very easy to make. I cooked chicken pieces in the smooth/blended version in a heavy frying pan on medium heat until the sauce turned sticky and dark around the edges. Next time will make a large batch and bottle some for friends and family. Delish, extremely More-ish, ThankYou! x

petesfanny's picture
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Used half the sugar & added a couple of chopped chillies. Wanted a sauce to go with home made burgers, this was perfect. Used it as a dip with tortillas too. Can easily be adapted to personal taste.

quiteagoodcook's picture
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Have just made this and it is lovely, and so easy to make, but i would not use all that sugar when i make it again,as it is very sweet

lyndabynda's picture

Hi can anybody tell me how long this sauce would keep for in the fridge? Thanks

narayan's picture

85g of sugar, no wonder it's bloody morish!!

pamela_scotland's picture

Absolutely delicious! I wouldn't put all the sugar in, we took the advice from people on here who had made it before and only put in 3/4 of the sugar and it was still really sweet. Going to try with half the sugar again tonight....yummy!!

madwumin's picture
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Well - used the sauce in last nights dinner and I was very disappointed. The sauce was not barbecue at all just seemed like a spicy tomato sauce - my husband LOVED it and agreed that it didnt look or taste like barbecue sauce, but it was still one of the most tastiest sauces he has ever had!

madwumin's picture
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Not ready to rate this recipe as I havent actually tried it with a meal yet - but I made it in advance and instead of plain brown sugar I only had light muscavado. I read all the comments as I always do and used less sugar, added chilli and tabasco - the colour looks bright red and it tastes highly of tomato puree. I think it would be better as a spicy sauce added to plain pasta but am gonna coat some pork steaks in it for dinner tonight and let you know how it goes :)

suedowlen's picture
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Always goes down a treat in our house!

d41d0y's picture
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Delicious! Marinated some chicken fillets for the grill and froze the rest!

mrsp1971's picture
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Great sauce, added less sugar (around 60g) so it wasn't too sweet. Also added chilli flakes and paprika to spice it up a little.

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