Braaing to celebrate Heritage Day tomorrow? Here are 2 very easy BBQ sauces/marinades you can make at home. Super tasty, with the added benefit that you’re not ingesting all those additives, stabilisers and preservatives in commercial sauces.
Both recipes were published in my cookbook Relish: Easy sauces, seasonings and condiments to make at home
EASY ALL-PURPOSE BBQ SAUCE
Good on anything, especially burgers and beef.
Makes about 2 ½ cups (625ml) – enough for 1 kg meat.
2 T (30 ml) sunflower oil
1 large onion, finely chopped or grated
2 t (10 ml) crushed fresh garlic
1 can (400g) tomato puree
4 T (60 ml) sun dried tomato paste or tomato concentrate
2 T (30 ml) soft brown sugar
2 T (30 ml) Worcestershire sauce
1 t (5 ml) cayenne
3 T (45 ml) red wine vinegar
2 T (30 ml) mild or Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper
- Cook the onion in the oil over medium heat until soft and translucent and just beginning to brown.
- Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 5 minutes. If using as a marinade, let cool completely and pour over 1 kg meat to marinate between 1 and 24 hours.
If using as a sauce, continue to simmer until thick. Serve hot or cold.
AMERICAN SMOKY BARBECUE SAUCE
Enough for 6 lamb chump chops or 2 T-bone steaks.
1 T (15 ml) molasses
1 t (5 ml) whiskey or bourbon
2 t (10 ml) smoked paprika
½ T (7.5ml) cider vinegar
1 T (15ml) tomato concentrate
2 T (30ml) tomato ketchup
Juice of one lime – about 1 T (15ml)
- Mix well until smooth and pour over meat. The sauce keeps well in the fridge for up to one month.