I like to experiment in the kitchen and make my own stuff. When I try a new recipe I make notes as I put it together. I write down things like substitutions. I substitute because I do not have the specific ingredient called for or the ingredient is one we don’t care for.
After I make a recipe, and we taste it, I continue to make a few notes. Well, unless we don’t like it than the recipe goes into file 13 never to be seen again! I write down what I want to try to make the recipe better suited to our tastes. A different spice, less of this or more of that. J is not shy in telling me how I can improve on a recipe.
It is always fun to find a “keeper” recipe. A stable to be looked forward to. Here is one of our favorite homemade Barbecue Sauces.
1 can (5 ½ oz) Tomato Paste
1 C Brown Sugar
1 C Water
½ C Mild Molasses – I prefer to use honey, my Cowboy likes the molasses. You be the judge!
½ C White Vinegar
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Liquid Smoke
¾ tsp Ground Ginger
½ tsp Onion Powder
½ tsp Garlic Powder – I like to use a fresh minced garlic clove.
½ C Water
¼ C Cornstarch
Combine the first 10 ingredients in a sauce pan. Over medium heat bring to a boil stirring often.
In a small bowl stir the second amount of water into cornstarch until smooth. Gradually stir cornstarch mixture into boiling sauce. Heat and stir until boiling and thickened. Cool completely. Pour into jar w/ tight-fitting lid. Makes 3 ½ C.
I like a barbecue sauce that has a sweet and smoky deepth of flavor with a nice blend of spices. I favor a cooked sauce over what I think of as “glorified ketchup”. This homemade sauce fits our preference!
Make this sauce your own. Experiment with your favorite sweetener, spices, or secret ingredients. Feel free to share your ideas in the comments below! Unless, of course, it is top secret. Then we can forgive you for not sharing.