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American BBQ Sauce Recipe

Sweet, spicy, moreish BBQ sauce. The perfect BBQ Sauce should first be sweet, then a little tangy.
Course: Sides
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 litres of sauce


  • 15 grams garlic butter Lurpak
  • 1 medium shallot finely minced
  • 50 grams dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 570 ml Heinz Tomato Ketchup "It Has to Be Heinz"
  • 300 grams treacle
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar


  • In a large soup pot, melt the garlic butter on low.
  • Add the shallot. Cover and let the shallot sweat on low for about 15 minutes. Check often to make sure it doesn't catch and burn.
  • Add the dark brown sugar and stir until there are no lumps
  • Constantly stir and add the rest of the ingredients one at a time to make sure they all stir in.
  • Turn the heat up to medium and constantly stir.
  • Taste - adjust treacle (sweet and smokey), brown sugar (sweet), cayenne pepper (heat), vinegar (tangy) - as needed.
  • DO NOT BOIL. Cook sauce on medium for 20 or 30 minutes to thicken. The sauce should coat the back of a spoon.
  • Let cool.
  • Decant into sanitised Kilner Bottles and keep in fridge for up to a month (no chance it will last that long!)
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