Barbecue sauce

Barbecue sauce

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(53 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins - 25 mins


Makes 450ml/16fl oz

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Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

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


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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    Olive oil

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

  • 1 onion, finely chopped



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

  • 400g can chopped tomatoes



    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


  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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3rd Jun, 2011
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.
1st Aug, 2010
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.
28th Jul, 2010
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.
16th May, 2010
this is great for a bbq my children love it on any meat
17th Apr, 2010
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
21st Oct, 2009
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!
10th Oct, 2009
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
24th Aug, 2009
Far tastier than shop bought and really easy to make.
6th Aug, 2009
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!
23rd Jul, 2009
oops forgat rating!!!!


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