Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Homemade BBQ Sauce

I love making my own sauces. It gives me the freedom to experiment and customize the flavors to our personal tastes. Plus, it also means I can feel creative with dinner, even if I am just making BBQ chicken.



In a bowl, combine ketchup and worchestershire sauce.



Oh, and just a few other ingredients: hot sauce, brown mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, brown sugar and vinegar. Whisk it. Whisk it good.


Now whisk in ground sage and dried thyme. Actually, you could totally add those in the last step...I just forgot to. :)

And there's your homemade BBQ sauce! Yay!

All you've gotta do is grab some chicken, slather it up and pop it on the grill.

Or add the BBQ sauce about halfway through the cooktime and then a bit again near the end if you like your BBQ to have a thick sticky sauce.

I'm a add-the-sauce-at-the-start kind of girl. I put my BBQ sauce on right away because I love when it gets those little brown bits of caramelization goodness.


Random Note: I also grilled up some radish and onion skewers. My dad had been talking to me about all the radishes he has growing in his prolific Tennessee garden and asked if I had any good radish recipes. So I've been experimenting. This one turned out pretty good. Except I might slice the radishes in half next time because they were still pretty firm by the time the onions were done.



Anyhow, go whip up some BBQ sauce and make a fabulous dinner tonight. :)

Homemade BBQ Sauce (printable recipe)
Makes enough sauce for at least 8 pieces of chicken

1/2 c. ketchup or catsup...whatever.
1/8 c. worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. hot sauce
1 tbsp. brown mustard
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. paprika
1-2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. white vinegar
1/8 tsp. ground sage
1/2 tsp. dried thyme

For extra flavor: Rub each piece of chicken with chili powder before grilling.

In a medium bowl, whisk together all the ingredients until combined. Use on chicken and grill according to the necessary time for your piece of chicken (boneless cooks in about half the time that it takes to grill bone-in chicken).


Check out this great guide posted on Allrecipes.com to learn how long you need to grill different pieces of chicken.

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