Monday, May 14, 2012

Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce

Making your own BBQ sauce is pretty time consuming, but incredibly easy. All you have to do is throw a bunch of ingredients into a saucepan and let it simmer for a while. The greatest aspect of BBQ sauce is it tastes good on almost anything. Last Sunday, I combined this sauce and crock pot shredded chicken to make simple sandwiches for dinner. The next night it layed upon a bed of spinach accompanied by red onion, blue cheese crumbles, and a raspberry chipotle dressing. A few days later I threw the BBQ shredded chicken remains in crescent rolls with blue cheese crumbles and jalapeno. I'm a big supporter of wardrobe remixes and the same goes for food. A blouse can be styled in numerous ways and combinations. I like to think the same goes for food and in this case, BBQ sauce [and shredded chicken]. 

I stumbled upon this sauce recipe a while back and it has been served countless times, mostly on ribs. It's sweet base and spicy undertones has got me hooked. It's been well received by many hungry men, so I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say it's worth a blog post. The next time you have a few hours to burn try this recipe and pair it with whatever your little heart desires. 
{Add all ingredients and bring to a boil}
{Let it simmer and thicken while filling your house with the sweetest aroma}
{Combine the BBQ sauce and shredded chicken}
{Scoop the mixture onto toasted bread and top with your choice of shredded cheese}
Recipe adapted from here

{Makes about 1 1/2 Cups}

Ingredients: 1 Tbsp olive oil. 1/2 onion, minced. 2 garlic cloves, minced. 11/2 Cups water. 1/2 Cup vinegar. 1/2 Cup tomato paste. 1/1/2 Cup brown sugar. 2 1/2 Tbsp honey. 1 Tbsp maple syrup. 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce. 2 tsp salt. 1/4 tsp black pepper. 1 1/4 tsp liquid smoke flavoring. 1 tsp garlic powder. 1/4 tsp paprika. 1/2 tsp onion powder. 1/2 Tbsp ground red chile pepper. 1/2 Tbsp red chile pepper flakes. 

  1. Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the minced onion and garlic; cook until onion is translucent. 
  2. Add the water, vinegar, tomato paste, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, liquid smoke, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, red chile pepper ground and flakes. Stir to combine all ingredients. 
  3. Bring mixture to a boil the reduce heat. Simmer for about 1 1/2 hours, or until mixture has thickened. 
  4. Remove from heat and add to shredded chicken for a sandwich, crescent roll, salad, etc. 

Hope you enjoy!



  1. Omg YUM... I'm suddenly STARVING!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  2. oh my goodness, it is almost lunchtime here and this post has just made my mouth water! i MUST try this -- it looks amazing. now i'm going to be really disappointed with what i have for lunch! haha xx


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