It is summer grilling time and I could not put it off any longer. My mission: to make my own delicious barbeque sauce. I had a chicken waiting in my fridge and the only way I like chicken grilled is with barbeque sauce. I have been searching for a barbeque sauce that has ingredients to my liking but have come up empty handed. All of them have high fructose corn syrup or other refined sugars, artificial preservatives and most likely GMOs. I live in Austin, TX, which has amazing barbeque…I had to find a homemade alternative that worked for us. I experimented with a few recipes and this one was a real winner.
Homemade Maple Cider Barbeque Sauce
This recipe makes about 1 cup of barbeque sauce. Double the recipe if you are making a large batch.
- 1 Tbsp ghee or coconut oil (where to buy)
- ¼ onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp ground New Mexico Chile Powder (where to buy)
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt (where to buy)
- 1/2 cup homemade ketchup
- 2 Tbsp strongly brewed coffee
- 2 Tbsp molasses
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar (where to buy)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (where to buy)
- 1 cup beef broth
Heat a small saucepan on medium high heat. Add ghee and the onions and sauté until translucent, about 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic and the spices and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the ketchup and cook another minute. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a simmer. Lower heat and simmer slowly until thickened, about 15-20 minutes.
This sauce is perfect on grilled chicken or ribs with the right amount of sweetness, tanginess and spiciness.