Sunday, May 30, 2010

BBQ sauce, 2 types

The Kitchen Witch has been playing around with BBQ sauces lately. I have my store bough favorites but they all contain high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is one of my no-no's ingredients wise. For years I've wanted to make my own sauce - but the only non HFCS ketchup I could find was small bottles of organic, which gets expensive after a while! Imagine my surprise when my Witchy Sissy found me Hunts HFCS FREE KETCHUP! Hooray!! Its in a BIG bottle, too :) Now that I was armed with HFCS Free ketchup BBQ sauce construction could begin. Who knew that making your own BBQ sauce was so simple? Why did I ever buy BBQ sauce before? Best of all you can adjust the sauce to your family's taste preferrances, want it sweeter? Spicier? More tangy? Adjust as you feel fit!

The first one I made was the Carolina style sauce. Its thinner than a regular BBQ sauce due to the high vinegar content. It has got quite a sour tang, from the vinegar and the mustard. It cooked down for about an hour which helped take the raw onion flavor out of it. Honestly, I only liked it on the pulled pork; it was too sour for chicken, in this Witches opinion.

The second sauce, Brown Sugar BBQ, uses basically the same ingredients as the Carolina style sauce but in different proportions. It's heavier on the ketchup and sugar and lighter on the vinegar & mustard. I liked this one a lot more, it was closer to what I envision BBQ sauce tasting like. More KC style than Carolina style.

In all actuality I think both sauces need a bit more work. The Carolina style needs more heat, I think it would play nicely with the vinegar. Maybe Sriracha could help here. The brown sugar one needs more 'sweet' but I didn't want to overload it with brown sugar. I think honey would be a delighful addtition. The Kitchen Witch also wants to incorporate fruit into the BBQ sauce, I love fruit on savory meat items, I think fruits natural sweetness would be great in a sauce. Fruits like maybe mango. Or pineapple. Yum! I can't wait to experiment with more BBQ sauces.

Do any of you make your own sauce? If so please share with me what you do to yours and maybe a link, if you have one! Happy grilling everyone!

Brown Sugar BBQ sauce
makes about 3 c of sauce (1 bottles worth)
2 c ketchup
1/2 c brown sugar
2 T brown mustard
2 T cider vinegar
1 t kosher salt
1 t chili powder
heavy pinch cayenne pepper
1/8 t black pepper

Carolina Style BBQ sauce
Makes about 3 cups (1 bottles worth)
1 c ketchup
1 c cider vinegar
1/2 c brown mustard
1/4 c brown sugar
1 t kosher salt
1/2 onion finely minced (1/2 c total)
1/2 t chili powder
1/8 t cayenne pepper
1/8 t black pepper

Cooking directions for both sauces:
In a heavy bottomed sauce pan heat the ingredients together. Cook over medium low heat for 45 minutes or until sauce has darkened in color and flavors have melded. Stir often, there is a lot of sugar in both of these sauces and you don't want them to scorch!
Nutrition Facts provided by Spark People recipe calcula
Brown sugar BBQ sauce
16 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 68.0
Total Fat 0.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 485.4 mg
Potassium 25.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate 19.3 g
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
Sugars 17.3 g
Protein 0.0 g

Carolina Style BBQ sauce
16 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 44.5
Total Fat 0.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 384.3 mg
Potassium 35.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 10.9 g
Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
Sugars 9.5 g
Protein 0.1 g


Jenn said...

mmmmmm....sauces!!! Well, they may need tweaking in your eyes, but they look and sound great! Now I have two more sauces I need to try! :)

Michelle said...


I prefer non-fruity, sweet BBQ sauce myself, with very little kick. NO commercial sauce has ever hit the mark with me. I always play around with mine forever trying to perfect it.

Hasn't happened yet. :(

NON HFCS ketchup you say? Now I wish I could find that around here! If my tomatoes produce enough I think I'll try my hand at homemade ketchup this summer. :)

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heather said...

Michelle, whole foods or trader joe's have hfcs free ketchup. but the hunt's just came out and its a bigger bottle. I scored one for $1.15 by luck!

and im still trying to find a homemade sauce that i like...haven't found it yet.

Julia said...

Oh wow, hunts makes a no HFCS, awesome! Now I just need to find it around here! Brown sugar bbq sauce would be my fave!

Raina said...

Hi. These are great! Thanks. I am always looking for good sauces to grill with. I can't seem to find any I like in the stores.

I was just watching Foodnetwork last night, and Sunny Anderson made a sauce out of ketchup, brown sugar, and orange marmalade that sounded great. I don't know the amounts, though, and can't seem to find the recipe on the site. I am just going to try and experiment with the ingredients.

Katie@Cozydelicious said...

How fun! You have inspired me - I'm going to have to play with BBQ sauces myself. No more of that bottled stuff!

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Good for you for sticking to your guns. And good for Hunts! These look delicious Andrea. Thanks for sharing!

Design Wine and Dine said...

Brown Sugar is such a MUST HAVE in so many marinades and sauces! I love that you're making you own- they taste so much better!!!!!

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Stella said...

Hey Andrea! First of all, I'm quite pleased to meet another witch here in the blogosphere (smile). Second, I really like the idea of the brown sugar bbq sauce. I've been meaning to make a homemade sauce like this for tofu, so I will be looking this recipe as a 'guide' very soon!
Oh, and I'm so jealous that you live in Colorado Springs...

Velva said...

Andrea, these bbq sauce recipes rock. Love it!!!!

Black Swan said...

Black Swan just made 2 new BBQ sauces with no HFCS or Corn Syrup. Check it out:

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