Barbecue sauce

I know this doesn’t sound particularly exciting, but I’ve never made a barbecue sauce before and looked pretty straightforward.


2oz butter
1 onion chopped
1 tsp tomato paste
2 tbsps vinegar
2 tbsps Demerara sugar
2 tsps dry mustard
2 tbsps Worcestershire sauce
Quarter pint water

Melt the butter and fry the onion for 5 minutes or until soft. Stir in the tomato paste and continue cooking for a further 3 minutes. Blend the remaining ingredients to a smooth cream then mix in with the onions. Simmer for a further 10 minutes. Serve with chicken, sausages, hamburgers or chops.

I did think this was a lot of butter, have concerns about my waistline now, the recipes do involve a lot of butter or other forms of fat! It doesn’t specify a type of vinegar, not sure if it matters what you use, I just used malt vinegar. Doesn’t say anything about straining the sauce, think if you wanted something lovely and smooth you could strain the cooked sauce to remove the onions. I liked it as it is, the bits of onion were lovely and soft and well soaked in the sauce. I also thought it was looking a bit thin but after 10 minutes it does thicken up.

I have never made a barbecue sauce before, after today I will be making this a lot. I know I said the same thing when I made the apple sauce, but I was worried about what on earth there was to say about a sauce, but this is so tasty. It’s really zingy but with a lovely sweetness. We just had this with chops and vegetables and was a great accompaniment. Abigail said to me as we were eating this that I should be very proud of myself! Made me laugh, it was brilliant but again that’s all down to the excellent book. She loved it as much as me which I think is great, she quite often tries to smother her dinner in tomato sauce so really chuffed so liked this so much. It does make a decent quantity so maybe the amount of butter isn’t too bad, I made the full lot which will go a long way. Am now thinking I need to change tomorrow’s dinner plans so we can incorporate this sauce! Was going to try for some sort of arty photo but looked daft so is just as I served it!

Would I make this again? Yes most definitely.

2 thoughts on “Barbecue sauce

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