You Lika Da Sauce, Eh?

Since this weekend is the official “unofficial” start of Summer, I thought it would be a good intro to my current experiment, BBQ sauce. I’m approaching it much like the Brownie Experiment, start off with a base recipe and then tweak it until I get to a version that’s a keeper.

Vinegary type BBQ sauces is not my favorite but I have enjoyed a few types, such as Phil’s. BTW, for Phil’s fanatics, his sauces are now available locally in SD and online thru their store. So someone is going to ask why don’t I just go out and buy a couple of bottles of Phil’s? What’s the fun in that? Sure, I will probably pick up a bottle if I see it while shopping but then it kind of takes away from going to Phil’s. I don’t want to recreate Phil’s BBQ sauce. That’s not the point. The point is that I actually have found vinegary-tomato based BBQ sauces that I liked so in theory, I can come up with a version that we would like to use for BBQs at home and without all the preservatives that come with bottled BBQs.

Below is the base recipe that I’m starting with. I’ve got a batch waiting for some baby back ribs for tonight’s dinner (post to come). By itself, it’s pretty good. Definitely can taste the tang of the vinegar but the slight sweetness gives it some balance. I don’t think it needs more sugar since it has quite a bit already. I will most likely try reducing that the next go around. But still missing a little something. Maybe cut back a bit on the vinegar too next time. We’ll taste it on the ribs and hopefully it’ll come to me what needs to be adjusted for the next round.

You Lika Da Sauce #1


2 C white vinegar
3/4 C sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
1 Tbsp dark Molasses
5 Tbsp tomato paste
1/4 C Heinz Organic ketchup (if using regular ketchup, might want to reduce sugar a bit)
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp Tabasco sauce (or other chili sauce you like)
1 tsp ground red pepper (such as cayenne or red chili)
Pinch of red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in pot and bring to boil. Turn heat to medium and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce will reduce down a bit and should coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Holiday weekend. Please take a moment to remember all the U.S. military men and women who died for the best country in the world.


  1. I worked for that man years ago on Goldfinch. Just like people like him, he thought none of us could read! Hahaha jokes on him! There are 4 main ingrediants: Open Pit sauce, hungarian paprika, orange blossom honey and lemon juice! The rest are the basic spices!

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