Pioneering Today-How to Make Your Own Sweet and Smoky Barbecue Sauce – Melissa K. Norris

Pioneering Today-How to Make Your Own Sweet and Smoky Barbecue Sauce

By Melissa Norris | Miscellaneous

Jan 23

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We try to replace as many processed products with homemade ones as we can. When we’d raised, butchered, and roasted our own pig, I couldn’t very well serve it with store bought barbecue sauce. (Okay, I could have, but I didn’t want to)

My neighbor makes one of the best barbecue sauces around and she gave me her basic recipe and I tweaked it a little. I like my barbecue sauce on the sweet side with just a bit of smoke.Homemade Sweet and Smokey Barbecue Sauce

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Pioneering Today-Sweet and Smoky Barbecue Sauce

2 cups ketchup (You can use tomato paste and dilute it with water, or boil down stewed tomatoes)

1 cup brown sugar

1 finely chopped onion

5 cloves minced garlic (we use our own homegrown garlic)

3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (if you prefer a tangy sauce, then up this to taste)

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce (I use Bragg’s Amino Acids in place of soy sauce)

1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Mix all of this in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir and reduce to a simmer. Allow to simmer for an hour, until sauce has thickened and turned a pretty dark red. Use immediately, store in fridge or freeze

What’s your favorite homemade replacement for store bought processed foods?

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Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.

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