Homemade barbecue sauce is easy to make (and so is barbecue rub) and they taste GREAT! Making my own also saves me money!
I have multiple chemical sensitivity, so many preservatives, especially MSG and sulfites cause me to have an uncomfortable reaction. I like to avoid them as much as possible. Even if you don’t have sensitivities or allergies to things, they are just plain not good for you to consume! Making your own homemade barbecue sauce will help you avoid a lot of unnecessary ingredients you’ll find in store-bought sauce.
When cooking at home, I make chemical-free mixes such as this barbecue rub that my sister gave me the recipe for. When you make your own spice mixes, you can also tailor them to your needs and desires, such as gluten-free, Paleo, or other eating plans you may be on. Click here to see how to make homemade taco seasoning mix here to make Italian seasoning, and here to see how to make homemade ranch dip mix.
Easy Barbeque Rub Seasoning Recipe
This barbeque rub is not very spicy, it just has a mild kick. If you want a spicier rub, feel free to add more cayenne pepper.
- 1/4 C. raw sugar
- 1/4 C. paprika
- 2 T. black pepper
- 3 T. sea salt
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 tsp. smoke flavoring
- 2 tsp. onion powder
- 2 tsp. celery seed
- 1/4 tsp. dried cayenne
Rub meat generously with spices, using 1 T. per pound of meat
Adapted from recipe by Lisa Haddock
Barbecue sauce recipe without ketchup
You can also turn this rub into homemade barbecue sauce. When I’m cooking meat with BBQ flavors in my crock pot or oven, I can just make the sauce right while the meat is cooking. If not, you can use the rub to make your own barbeque sauce in a pan by adding a few simple ingredients and boiling it down until it’s the thickness you prefer.
Check out the BBQ sauce here:
- 1 T. BBQ rub mix
- 1 C. tomato sauce
- 1/2 C. honey
- 3 T. molasses
- 2 T. apple cider vinegar
- All ingredients can be dumped into slow cooker with 1 pound of meat and cooked on low for 6-8 hours.
- Sauce can be made in a saucepan and cooked until thickness desired.
Homemade bbq rub
For the recipe for homemade hamburger buns for your pulled pork sandwiches, click here. Knowing what you are feeding yourself and your family is a great feeling. Making your own flavorings is a great way to eliminate a lot of unwanted ingredients. It’s hard to find store-bought flavorings without them.
Spicy bbq sauce
To make your bbq sauce spicy, just add more cayenne or crushed red pepper flakes until you it’s spicy enough for you. I would start with an extra tablespoon of spice and add from there. You can take a pinch of the rub on your finger and see if it has the bite you want before you turn it into spicy bbq sauce.
For more homemade spices and seasonings, check this out.
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