So rather than reaching for the bottles of ketchup, brown sauce and barbecue sauce, why not make your own BBQ sauces to baste your meats and serve with your cooked dishes?
Home-made sauces enable you to be creative and tailor the flavour to your particular tastes – be that sweet, spicy, creamy or rich. This way, you can add a twist on traditional barbecue sauces and offer lots more variety to your guests too.
Of course, a barbecue wouldn’t be a barbecue without covering the basics when it comes to sauces. Last year, sales of brown sauce soared by 9% whereas red sauce sales and barbecue sauce sales dipped a little – although according to a report by research analyst firm Mintel and based on the findings of 1500 consumers, ketchup is still king of the sauces, accounting for 57% of sauce sales.
To ensure you truly delight your guests, you can offer a few home-made BBQ sauces alongside the shop-bought ones. There are so many different types as you have the freedom to add whatever ingredients you want, but to help get you started, we have a few really easy BBQ sauce recipes for you to try.
Home-made BBQ sauce
Ingredients: 120g ketchup, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon Tabasco, 1 finely chopped garlic clove, ¼ teaspoon mustard powder, pinch of salt
To make: Gently heat the ketchup, sugar, Worcestershire sauces, cider vinegar, Tabasco, garlic, mustard and salt together in a pan, stirring as you do so. Bring to a simmer and remove from the heat. Allow to cool before glazing your barbecue meats with the sauce – it’s tasty with ribs, kebabs or simply as a dip.
Fruity BBQ sauce
Ingredients: 125g apple puree, 60g ketchup, 175g brown sugar, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon of salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, ground cinnamon
To make: Heat the apple, ketchup, sugar, lemon juice, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic and cinnamon in a pan and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and allow to cool before adding to your food that’s ready for the barbecue grill or topping the burgers when they’re cooked.
Spicy Rum BBQ sauce
Ingredients: 115g brown sugar, 2 tablespoons chilli sauce, 2 tablespoons rum, 2 tablespoons ketchup, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 finely chopped garlic clove, ½ teaspoon mustard powder
To make: Over a low heat, stir the sugar, chilli sauce, rum, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, garlic and mustard together. Simmer for half an hour before removing from the heat and letting it cool. Brush the sauce on barbecue ribs, kebabs, burgers and more for a rich, spicy flavour.
Cool and Cheesy BBQ sauce
Ingredients: 150g low-fat Greek yogurt, 25g blue cheese, 2 tablespoons chopped chives
To make: Simply mix the yogurt with the crumbled blue cheese and chopped chives for an instant, creamy and refreshing barbecue sauce, perfect served with barbecued steak, kebabs or fish.