by Tammy Taylor~
I like to cook a big, honkin’ pork roast & then plan other dinners for later from the leftovers. This Planned Leftovers way of cooking is a budget saver for sure! From that leftover pork roast I may shred and whip up Carnitas Tacos one night, being sure to use some of the cooked onions & peppers from that roast. I’ve also been known to make Pulled Pork Enchiladas. But an even faster remade dish is Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches.
Recently I decided BBQ sandwiches would be perfect for supper. It had been such a busy day, I needed tonight’s supper to be easy! I often have a spare bottle of BBQ sauce in the pantry for such easy-supper plans. But alas, not this time! I decided to try to whip up a basic BBQ sauce using just what I had in my fridge.
Ya know, I figure BBQ sauce is just a simple tomato based sauce with sweet, zingy and/or smoky additions. So I went searching for a simple mix-n-pour basic BBQ sauce recipe. I found this one over at Cook The Story and it seemed simple enough. Ketchup, mustard and honey. This post states if you like you can jazz it up with garlic powder, cayenne, Tabasco or Worcestershire sauce too. I think any of those would be good options.
But I opted for a quick splash of balsamic vinegar for a little zing and some liquid smoke too. I do like a smoky BBQ sauce, don’t you?? So I pulled out my ingredients & mixed it all up in my 2-cup measuring cup.
I must say – not bad! It’s basic alright, and mine was slightly heavy on the ketchup flavor so I may stir in other seasonings next time. But the zing of the mustard and vinegar came through along with the thick sweetness of the honey & the smoky touch of the liquid smoke.
It may not take the place of your grandmother’s prized bbq sauce recipe that you spend hours mixing & simmering, but it’s a pretty darn good basic sauce! And no little plastic bottle to dispose of. Oh, and talk about cheap…
So I mixed some of my homemade BBQ sauce into some pulled pork from that leftover roast. Hearty servings were heaped on homemade jalapeno buns from the freezer. I think for the foreseeable future this will be my no-waste quick & easy whip-it-up-quick bbq sauce for our bbq sandwiches!
As with most of my recipes, this one is fully adaptable to your tastes. Try stirring in some of the flavor options and enjoy!
Mix-n-Pour Basic BBQ Sauce
A delicious no-waste way to whip up a mix-n-pour basic bbq sauce for bbq sandwiches using things you've already got in your fridge. #TaylorMadeHomestead
- 1.5 cups ketchup
- 1/4 cup prepared yellow mustard
- 1/4 cup honey or brown sugar
- salt to taste optional
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Enjoy!
Nice flavor options - try one or mix 2 or more!
(start with measurements listed and add to your taste):
- A few drops of liquid smoke,
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or cayenne,
- 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce or Worcestershire sauce,
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
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