by Texas Homesteader ~
Y’all know RancherMan’s an accomplished hunter. And wild hogs are very plentiful & terribly destructive in our pastures.
We pair the two by having RancherMan harvest as many wild hogs as our large chest freezer can hold. There’s no way to make a dent in the numbers in the pastures but at least we’ve always got pork in the freezer!
I like to utilize Planned Leftovers by cooking several roasts using my slow cookers. I often shred much of the cooked meat to make pulled pork. (tip: there’s a much easier way than using 2 forks to Shred Cooked Pork)
BBQ sauce isn’t typically very expensive of course. But it’s seldom about the money for me and almost always about the environment. These days I always attempt to make for myself the items I used to have to buy. Especially if it’s sold in plastic. (have I mentioned lately how much I HATE PLASTIC??)
I’ve written before about how to make a very Basic BBQ Sauce using only ketchup, mustard brown sugar & salt. It’s a super-fast mix-n-pour option that’s good enough when time is of the essence.
But I found this BBQ sauce to be much better. Plus I always have these items in my pantry. Yes I must pull out a few more more spices, but it still takes only minutes to make & it’s delicious.
And although the recipe calls for simmering the sauce for about 10 minutes, I’ve *totally* just mixed it up & heated it in the microwave for 1 minute before stirring it into my pulled pork. (shhhhhhh…) It was still delightful!
So if you find yourself in need of a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce, give this recipe a try. You’ll save yourself a couple of bucks and you can customize the sauce to your family’s tastes.
Like it tangier? Add more vinegar. Smokier? Add a touch more liquid smoke. Don’t like it so sweet? Cut back on the honey. Go ahead & tweak the ingredients to make it suite YOUR tastes!
Honey-Sweetened, Smoky BBQ Sauce (makes about 3 cups)
- 2 1/2 cups Ketchup
- 1/2 cup Honey
- 1/4 cup Apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Liquid smoke
- 2 Tablespoons Minced fresh onion
- 2 Tablespoons Brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon Coarse salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
Place all ingredients in a heavy nonreactive saucepan and stir to mix. Over medium heat, gradually bring the sauce to a simmer, stirring often.
Reduce the heat and allow sauce to simmer gently about 10 minutes.
Use immediately or refrigerate in a glass jar for several weeks.
Other Favorite Condiments
- Homemade Mayonnaise
- Baconnaise – Bacon-Flavored Mayonnaise
- Fast Food: Basic Mix-n-Pour BBQ Sauce
- Honey-Sweetened, Smoky BBQ Sauce
- BBQ Rub & Beer-Based Mop Sauce Recipe
- Thousand Island Salad Dressing
- 1-Minute Creamy Salad Dressing Filled With Probiotics
- Sweet/Savory Pear Relish
- Fresh Pico de Gallo
- Fresh Herb & Olive Oil HERB BOMBS
- Quick Garlic/Herb Sauce Using Fresh Herbs
- Oats Can Substitute Easily For Bread Crumbs