by Texas Homesteader ~
A simple and basic no-cook BBQ sauce recipe you can mix up in minutes. And it’s all made with plain ingredients found in your kitchen. Start with ketchup, mustard and honey, then add a few flavor enhancements and you’re done!
Making Supper Plans
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 figure BBQ sauce is just a simple tomato based sauce with sweet, zingy and/or smoky additions. So I decided to try to whip up a basic BBQ sauce using just what I had in my fridge.
How To Make Your Own Basic BBQ Sauce
I found a bare-bones recipe over at Cook The Story but of course amended it to add a little more zing.
Basic BBQ Sauce Ingredients
1½ cups ketchup
¼ cup prepared yellow mustard
¼ cup honey
Additional BBQ Sauce Flavor Options:
A few drops of liquid smoke
½ teaspoon garlic powder or cayenne
¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce or tabasco sauce
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
I pulled out my ingredients & mixed it all up right in my 2-cup measuring cup.
Worked Great For Our BBQ Sandwiches
I must say – not bad! 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 that you can mix & use in minutes!
And no little plastic bottle to dispose of. Oh, and talk about cheap…
How To Use Homemade BBQ Sauce
Add Dry Rub for BBQ grilling
BBQ Sandwiches using ground meat
Add to regular Pinto Beans to make BBQ beans
Heck, use it to add a zingy BBQ flavor to any of your favorite foods!
What Goes With BBQ?
Here are a few favorites we like to go with our BBQ:
Pinto Beans (Faster with an Instant Pot!)
Slow cooker Ranch-Style Beans
Grilled corn or squash
Potato Salad or Pasta Salad
Homemade Creamy Coleslaw
As with most of my recipes, this one is fully adaptable to your tastes. Try stirring in some of the flavor options and enjoy!
Did you make this BBQ Sauce? Please rate the recipe in your comment below!
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. #TexasHomesteader
- 1.5 cups ketchup
- 1/4 cup prepared yellow mustard
- 1/4 cup honey or brown sugar
- salt to taste optional
Optional Flavor Enhancements
- 4-5 drops liquid smoke
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or cayenne
- 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce or tabasco sauce
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
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
Other Favorite Condiments
- Fast Food: Mix-n-Pour BBQ Sauce
- Honey-Sweetened, Smoky BBQ Sauce
- BBQ Rub & Beer-Based Mop Sauce Recipe
- Homemade Mayonnaise
- Baconnaise – Bacon-Flavored Mayonnaise
- Thousand Island Salad Dressing
- Sweet/Savory Pear Relish
- Fresh Pico de Gallo
- Fresh Herb & Olive Oil HERB BOMBS
…and MUCH more
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