Easy And Fast BBQ Sauce For Ribs

Easy And Fast BBQ Sauce For Ribs
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There are so many bottled BBQ sauces out there with fantastic label designs and the promise of authenticity. And if you have a favorite, by all means use it on your ribs or chicken. But for me the bottled sauces can have a, how should I say it, bottled flavor. And making your own is so easy and fun it's a shame to go to the trouble of grilling and smoking your ribs or chicken only to cover it with some unpredictably flavored jar of sauce. So below is a very easy and quick recipe I've developed over the years and it's flexible. Feel free to add some of your favorite flavors or subtract the ones you're not fond of.
Keith Whitmer's BBQ Sauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 medium white or brown onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, choppped
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup unsulfered molasses
  • 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes (fire roasted if available)
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon stub's liquid smoke (optional)
  1. Heat the oil in a sauce pan and cook the onion and garlic until translucent. 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add all the spices and herbs and cook briefly until fragrant. 1 minute.
  3. Add the tomato paste and molasses, mix. 1 minute.
  4. Add the canned tomatoes, stir. Add the vinegar and liquid smoke. Cover and simmer slowly for about 30-45 minutes.
  5. Let the sauce cool and then puree it in a blender. Return the sauce to the pan and cook. Adjust seasoning, acidity, sweetness to your taste. Cook until thick to your liking.
  6. This will keep in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.