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Home-made BBQ sauce

by Lorena

This bbq sauce is so much nicer than the ones you find at the supermarket. The best part is that it’s extremely easy to make! You’ll have to make it in order to believe me :).

The base for bbq sauce is ketchup so use a nice one you like. The other basic ingredient is vinegar. I love to use apple cider vinegar but it could also be white wine vinegar (although I still strongly recommend apple vinegar). Vinegar, just like alcohol, turns to sugar as it cooks, but it keeps a bit of that tanginess that’s lovely to feel in a bbq sauce.

Have in mind that it’s really important to cook the mix out until it thickens and gets this deeper colour. That’s when it’s ready. If you don’t cook it until this point it will be too acidic! Now, if you miss this spot you can always return it to cook it some more, so don’t worry.

Home-made bbq sauce

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Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 250 g bbq sauce
Author: Lorena Salinas from Cravings Journal


  • 250 g ketchup
  • 60 ml apple cider vinegar
  • 15 g brown sugar
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • tsp ground cinnamon
  • salt to taste
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper optional


  • Place everything in a pot and let it boil for about 15min or until it thickens and turns deeper in colour. You can keep it for up to a week in the fridge or for up to 3 months in the freezer.
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