Best-Ever BBQ Sauce

    1 hour

    This barbecue sauce is sweet and spicy. It's also very easy to make, simply pop everything into a saucepan and simmer for 45 minutes. Enjoy with any meat or vegetables you prefer.

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    Makes: 1 litres and 250ml

    • 30g butter
    • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 125ml orange juice
    • 250ml cider vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • 2 slices lemon
    • 250ml pure maple syrup
    • 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 500g tomato ketchup
    • 4 tablespoons treacle
    • 4 tablespoons dark brown soft sugar
    • 2 tablespoons mustard powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon crushed chillies
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic; cook and stir until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the orange juice, cider vinegar, lemon juice, lemon slices, maple syrup, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, treacle and dark brown soft sugar. Season with dry mustard, salt, crushed chillies, cumin and paprika. Simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove lemon slices before using.

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    I have made this sauce twice now, and everyone loves it! It is perfect for ribs. If you add a tablespoon of honey it will be that much better. Also, throw a few drops of hot sauce in. This is truly a great recipe and I highly recommend it. I have even given a few bottles out as gifts! You will not be disappointed.  -  25 Apr 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is the real deal. Once you've made up a batch of this sauce you'll never go back to that artificially flavored, high fructose corn syrup sold in supermarkets labled as Bar-B-Que Sauce.  -  13 Jul 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    The name of the BBQ sauce and the various sweeteners used attracted me to this recipe. It is a wonderful sauce. The longish list of ingredients needed put any cook off. The time spent is worth it. They blend wonderfully. I poured this sauce over drumsticks which I baked. The whole family loved them. Usually my guys prefer white meat over dark but I haven't seen drumskins get eaten so fast as when I used this recipe. Thanks Grampa Dave!  -  12 Jun 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)