Base BBQ Recipe


  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 c apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 c worcestershire sauce
  • 2 T lemon juice, you can omit and use extra apple cider vinegar or play around with other vinegars
  • 2 T liquid smoke/smoked paprika/ chipotle in adobe sauce/ …looking for smoke flavor here
  • 2 T mustard, you can use, yellow, honey… another opporutnity for creativity

After boiling

  • 1/2 tsp cayenne, can increase to 1tsp
  • 2 tsp black pepper- can increase to 3 tsp
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1 c ketcup
  • 2 tsp smoked salt or salt
  • optional: large pinch ginger and garlic and small pinch cloves
  • about 1/4 cup water


  • Add first set of ingredients to a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat. Add in remaining ingredients, erroring on the side of less than more and adjusting as you taste. If you are able to let it simmer for awhile (like 30 min) then go ahead and add in about a 1/4 cup water. The longer you can let it cook down the better the flavors will be. Make sure to not let it burn and add water as needed. Make sure to adjust seasoning as you need to so you can make this sauce your own signature sauce.
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