Homemade Barbeque Sauce

May 6, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Posted in Sauce | Leave a comment
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In yet another installment of my “Why buy when you can make it for less” series … I gave homemade barbeque sauce a try. And discovered something. But more on that later. This recipe was obtained months ago off the internet, but I’m not sure what site … so if you recognize this recipe, please leave me a comment and I’ll give credit. This barbeque sauce made some delicious Crock Pot Ribs, although I used country-style pork ribs yesterday instead of bone-in beef ribs. The results were fantastic and I really like that I can change up the flavorings to suit my fancy, so to speak.

INGREDIENTS:
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/3 cup molasses
1 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon mustard (I used some sort of fancy Mesquite Smoked stuff we had in the fridge)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder (I ran out at about 1/2 a teaspoon)
1 teaspoon chili powder (I actually used 1.5 teaspoons)
1 teaspoon black pepper

DIRECTIONS:
Heat the vinegar and molasses in a small saucepan until the molasses dissolves and mixes with the vinegar. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining ingredients.

That’s it. Really pretty simple. And tasty! If you’re going to use this on meat as a basting sauce, you can use it right away. If you’re going to dip stuff in it or whatever, I’d refridgerate for a few days to let the flavors mingle.

Calorie-wise, I guess it depends how much you’re planning on using. If you divide this up into 20 servings (I guess for dipping), it’s about 32 calories a piece. If you’re using it in larger chunks (like in a recipe), it’s 646 calories in the whole recipe. You can do the math.

COST ANALYSIS:
1/4 cup cider vinegar = $0.10
1/3 cup molasses = $0.90
1 cup ketchup = $0.40
1 tablespoon mustard = $0.03
1 teaspoon garlic powder = $0.02
1 teaspoon onion powder = $0.02
1 teaspoon chili powder = $0.08
1 teaspoon black pepper = $0.10
TOTAL COST: $1.65

That’s the surprise. I thought for sure it would be way cheaper than that. To be honest, I’m fairly certain you can get cheap-o BBQ sauce (especially for use in recipes) for a dollar at any local grocery store. However, I will say that this sauce offers so many possibilities that it’d be worth it in the long run.

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