Barbecue sauce

Barbecue sauce

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(27 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins - 25 mins

Easy

Makes 450ml/16fl oz
Learn how to make superb barbecue sauce and wow your barbie guests - it's incredibly moreish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal19
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0.06g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 400g can chopped tomato

    Tomato

    toe-mart-oh

    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 85g brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp malt vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée

Method

  1. 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.

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Comments (44)

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
5

Always goes down a treat in our house!

d41d0y's picture
5

Delicious! Marinated some chicken fillets for the grill and froze the rest!

mrsp1971's picture
4

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.

cheftara's picture
4

Made this for a BBQ- very nice. Used chicken on the bone without skin. Left on overnight & scored the chicken. The sauce tenderised the meat. Although not recommended when not cooked- too sweet.

viewparkchippy's picture

Tried it this morning. A little sweet. Suggest a tbs of brown sugar.

Good recipe though and can be acceptable to blend other ingredients to suit a variety of tastes. Excellent.

laggy1's picture
5

this is great for a bbq my children love it on any meat

lisel1969's picture
5

This is a great, versatile sauce. I use it as a dip and also to coat all kinds of meat and it's never let me down

susan6780's picture
5

i used dark brown sugar as i didn't know what kind of brown sugar to use,and added a sprinkle of chilli powder for a kick,but the sauce came out fantastic! everyone loved it! fantastic sauce!! i won't buy bbq sauce again!

berniash's picture

made it as recipe and agree it was too sweet but as I was serving it with baked ham it was ok. will def make it again but use less sugar, very tasty

emmarobinson's picture
4

Far tastier than shop bought and really easy to make.

heidi_weig's picture
3

Way way way too sweet for my taste. I think half the sugar would be more than enough. I the juice of a whole lime and some more vinegar, and still found it too sweet.

Aside from that, though it's a great sauce. I added smoked paprika!

anngully's picture
4

oops forgat rating!!!!

anngully's picture
4

This was yummy. Didnt have any worcester sauce so used soy sauce, we really like spicy food so added a red scotch bonnet chilli.
Will definately use this again.

babswilkes's picture
5

This is a great sauce served hot or cold, you can tweak it by adding chilly it will be a staple from now on

nicpritchard's picture
5

Simply yummy!

alexandrahutchinson's picture
5

It's great!!!!!!!!!

toffeeman's picture

Used red wine vinegar (didn't have malt) and added a red chilli and 2cm piece of ginger and it was very nice.

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