BBQ sauce is simply a tomato base along with spices and sugar. This is a quick recipe that can be altered to your spicey needs/likes.
1 medium Onion, chopped no specific is necessary, you will be processing this in a blender or food processor (I prefer white onions lately but any is fine)
2 cloves of garlic
1 tbs olive oil
2 TBS Italian Seasoning
1 TBS Sea Salt (add or subtract to taste)
1 unwaxed hot pepper, dried jalapeno (chipotele) or 1/4 tsp ground Cayenne Pepper
Sautee in a pan until tender. STAY OUT OF THE SMOKE/STEAM it will choke you when you add the hot pepper!!!!
When the mix is tender set aside to cool before you puree it in your blender or food processor.
In another pot add
1 can of tomato paste (corn free brands are Rienzi and Pomi check the ingredients, should just be TOMATO!)
24 ounces of Tomato puree or chopped tomatoes, what ever you have, it will be blended smooth anyway
1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 cup of Packed Light Brown Sugar (we use Domino’s brand, but others exist, call the company)
1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup
Slowly heat the tomato base until all ingredients are incorporated. Let cool.
By this time the other ingredients should be cool enough to puree. After you have the consistency you are looking for (smooth, or chunky) add the puree to the tomato base. Reduce by 1/4 or 1/2 depending on how thick you want your sauce to be.
Depending on the “theme” of the evening you can add fun spices to change this for your different meals.
1/4 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger, or grate fresh ginger to taste
1/4 tsp All Spice
etc etc. Any meal you are making you can adjust the main BBQ base into a spicy flavorful addition to any meat or vegetable you are going to cook.
Remember to season your food with salt and pepper before you cook it. Cook the meat almost 100% before you add the BBQ due to it’s high sugar content you will just char your meal before it cooks.