Making barbecue sauce is as simple as combining ingredients in a pan and then letting the sauce slowly simmer. The longer you can let it simmer, the more the flavors of all the ingredients will combine and melt into each other. The end result is a thick, deeply-flavored sauce that can be used as a marinade, a condiment, or a dipping sauce.
Homemade barbecue sauce will be fine in your refrigerator for several weeks. We usually make a double or triple batch and freeze what we won't use in that time. If you're feeling industrious, you can also can your barbecue sauce to keep it preserved for months. Jars of homemade BBQ sauce make a very-welcome holiday gift, too!
We found our favorite barbecue sauce in a recipe for pulled pork:
• Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Chipotle BBQ Sauce from Andrea's Recipes
The sauce is smoky and tangy with a nice kick- exactly what we said we liked in a barbecue sauce! (Also, try the pulled pork if you make this recipe. It's divine.)
Here are a few other recipes for barbecue sauce to use as inspiration:
What is your ideal barbecue sauce?
Related: How to Cook (and Shred) a Pork
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