This is my absolute go to sauce for barbecuing. I found it in a leaflet barbecue book in 1998. I may have changed it along the way, but the basics are still the same. Where would be all be without a good bbq sauce? Well, don't find out. Instead of reaching for the bottle next time you are standing at the grill, make this instead. Never disappoints and is great on chicken pork and beef.
I think I need a new barbecue. In fact, I know I need a new barbecue. Here's a little background on my current gas barbecue. We "acquired" it back in 2009. A friend of a friend was giving away an old one. The friend, very kindly tinkered with that old thing and made it all shiny and new. Then we became the new owners of his handy work. It looked great for it's then age of about 7 or 8 years, give or take. We love freebies. Who doesn't? Plus, our barbecue died, and I was resorting to using charcoal. That meant, we were never barbecuing in the long and hot Spanish summer.
The barbecue worked great for the first season. I used it pretty much every chance I got from weekend buffets to quick burgers for the kids. It was my new happy place. Until.
Until, it decided to have a bipolar personality and work when it felt like it. Which was more often not working than working. Hot, not hot, high flames, no flames and on and on it went. After making many inquires (as I like to call them) to the husband, he took it apart and had a look. Bingo, it just needed a new burner. Guess what, you just cannot buy those where we live. Crazy, right? You wouldn't believe the list of other stuff we can't get our hands on either. But the pluses outweigh the minuses and that is a great motto to live by in life.
To the Internet he went in search of new barbecue burners. Keeping in mind, it was mid August and I wanted it pronto! Nothing ever happens pronto around here. And I am not talking about the country.
He succeeded and we had new burners under two weeks. Back to the barbecue I went, drink in hand and smile on my face.
Life carried on this way for several years more. Happy. But you guessed it, the darn thing broke again. This time I was assured he would not want to fix that thing and just say goodbye. But no, that was on in the cards. You see, living with a handy man has so many advantages. He can take apart cars, computers, Nintendos, appliances, bicycles and the list goes on. I think you get the picture. However, when he has the time. Ah, time. That tiny little four letter work that we all wish we had more of. Me, more importantly wishing that handy man of mine had lots more of it.
It was fixed and it carries on in the way any 17 year old barbecue would. Living on it's last legs, I think. But lets stay tuned for the next barbecue and I will let you know what happens.
Let's get to the sauce. About time you are probably thinking. I know, sometimes I have the gift to carry on a bit beyond necessity.
Like I said earlier, this is my go to barbecue sauce for so many dishes. I love it and it really is so easy to make. Just put the ingredients in a saucepan and let it simmer away for 20 minutes. Then you are done. You can then put it in a jar and keep in in the fridge until you plan on rolling out the barbecue.
I try to make this in advance and keep it on hand in the fridge. This recipe only makes enough for basically one dinner. If you like doing batches of stuff, double or triple the recipe. It will keep in the fridge for at least a month. So, you should have no worries about it going off before you get the chance to use it.
Enjoy & Happy Barbecuing. Um, let's hope yours works.
Makes 1 Cup/240 ml / Prep time: 5 minutes / Cook time: 15 minutes
1 Cup/240 ml ketchup
1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 Garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 Onion, finely chopped
1 Small dried chilli, finely chopped
In a small saucepan set over medium heat, add all the ingredients. Stir well. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and leave to cool. Will keep in a glass jar in the fridge for a few weeks.
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