Friday, January 31, 2014

Tangy BBQ Sauce

Sharing today a Tangy BBQ Sauce recipe that once you try, you'll never want to buy pre-made again!  This is quick, easy and would be perfect for ribs and chicken.  And I'm guessing you might have all the ingredients in your kitchen already.

Tangy BBQ Sauce | Cooking on the Front Burner #bbqsauce

Earlier this week we were in the mood for something different from our usual fare.... I make a lot of pasta, soups, and chicken (usually some sort of boneless white meat).  The DIY Guy enjoys the dark meat and I'm usually stuck on how to make something with them that would still be semi-healthy; baked and not fried.  I was flipping through a magazine and saw baked chicken legs and thighs (skinned) basted with some BBQ sauce.  Hmmm... sounded good to me and him!

Now I did have some sauce in a jar but thought I would try making my own.  I desected a couple recipes and reconstructed into this one.

Tangy BBQ Sauce

by Deb Attinella
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Yield about 2 cups

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter then add onion, salt and garlic. Saute for 10-15 minutes or until onion is soft; stirring occasionally.
  2. Add paprika, chili powder, crushed red pepper, and black pepper; cook and stir for an additional minute.
  3. Add water, vinegar, brown sugar and worcestershire sauce - bring to boil then whisk in tomato paste and molasses.
  4. Boil gently (uncovered) for 15-20 minutes until mixture is reduced to about 2 cups
  5. This keeps for about one week in refrigerator.
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This had the right amount of sweetness and a bit of tang.  If you would like to make the chicken recipe I did, preheat your oven to 375, line a cookie sheet with foil and place about 1 pound of chicken legs or thighs or a combo of both (take the skin off) on the foil.  Bake for 35 minutes, turn over then brush with about half of this sauce and continuing baking for 15 minutes.  The remaining sauce can be served on the side.

I'm thinking next I will try making ribs.  I have to confess - I've only made ribs once in my life.  They intimidate me but everyone says they are so easy - do you agree?  Then please leave me some tips!  I would appreciate it!!

Tangy BBQ Sauce | Cooking on the Front Burner #bbqsauce


  1. Deb, this looks awesome! I love making my own condiments like this - they make great housewarming gifts! I love that you used dark brown sugar. I pinned this to my DIY Condiments board :)

  2. This looks delicious, and I think I might have all the ingredients on hand right now! Thanks for a great recipe. Pinned :)

  3. I have got to try this, I might have to even eat it with a spoon. ;)

  4. Yes I have all the ingredients and you bet I'm making this as soon as we run out of the storebought version... or hey, even sooner ;--) Cannot wait!

  5. This sauce looks awesome! My husband loves to slather bbq sauce on everything and he would love this tangy version! Thanks for sharing and hope you have an great weekend Deb!

  6. Deb, I've gotta try this BBQ sauce on ribs this summer. My husband cooks the ribs in a 250 oven for 4 hours with water in the bottom of a sheet pan covered with foil; in essence, steaming the ribs. He then finishes on the grill (indirect heat) adding the BBQ sauce for less than an hour. Recently, he started putting dry rub on the ribs when steaming the ribs and again finishes with BBQ sauce on the grill.

  7. Deb, I LOVE homemade bbq sauce! There's nothing that compares to it. Loving the way you presented it, too. Great job!

  8. I'm almost afraid to try your sauce because I know your right. It is going to taste ten times better than store bought. Thanks for sharing on foodie friday.

  9. This sounds delicious Deb!! Thanks so much for sharing at our Best Of The Weekend Party. Pinning to our party board now and have a great week! xo

  10. I'm making your sauce right now! The kitchen smells awesome! I'm going to be using it to make slow cooked BBQ Turkey Drumettes!
    My "resolution" this year is "If I can buy it I can make it"

  11. This looks so thick and rich...pinning to try!

  12. This is perfect for griling season!

  13. We're such bbq sauce fans. WHY have I never made my own!?!?

  14. I love homemade BBQ sauce, and this looks incredible for just about anything! :)


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