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.
Is the maple syrup amount 1/4 cup? Thanks!
Lindsey @ Homemade Mommy says
Shelley Alexander says
With barbecue season gearing up here in California I look forward to trying your delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing!
Lindsey G. says
Kendahl @ Our Nourishing Roots says
Wow, this looks awesome! I love how many traditional foods you have incorporated, especially the homemade ketchup and the beef stock. Yay!
Lovely work, Lindsey! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday which is about all things BBQ? This is the link . I do hope to see you there. Cheers
How long will this sauce last in the fridge?
Will regular chili powder work ok?
Lindsey G. says
It would but I would add a little cayenne to the mix for some heat.
I followed this recipe as given today and it was fantastic. Best ribs ever!
Lindsey G. says
So happy you liked it! I am making it tomorrow for our BBQ. Can’t wait!
Lisa Crane says
I just wanted to take a minute and let you know that you came up with a delicious barbecue sauce recipe! I am a born and raised Texan so you can probably guess that my definition of a good barbecue sauce is quite particular! I just made this sauce, and it’s still in the pan reducing down to a thicker consistency, but I’ve licked the spoon after stirring, and it tastes SO good! Thank you for sharing this recipe! Also, I did not have the New Mexico Chile Pepper Powder, so I used the Chili Powder I have on hand and added a sprinkling of Chipotle Chile Pepper Powder to add a bit of heat like you recommended to another reader, and it worked!