by Texas Homesteader ~
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)
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!
One of my favorite planned-leftover meals is to take cooked roast, shred it and add BBQ sauce. It’s simple, it’s delicious, and it gets a homemade meal on the table FAST, y’all!
(One of my shortcuts to be able to Serve Homemade Meals Every Day, the EASY way!)
Making BBQ Sauce
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)
I can whip up this tangy smoky BBQ sauce in minutes. No trip to the store, no plastic bottle to dispose of. And it's easily customizable too! #TexasHomesteader
- 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
- MYO Pinto Bean Seasoning Mix
- Instant Pot Boiled Eggs WITHOUT The Shells
- Creamy Hatch Chile Sauce
- MYO Healthier Sour Cream Substitute
- How to Make Self-Rising Flour Using All-Purpose
…and MUCH more
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