If you want a bold sauce with incredible flavor, this Texas BBQ Sauce is just perfect for you!
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I’m sure you’ve heard that everything is bigger in Texas and being from Texas I can tell you that it’s pretty much true. There are lots of things to like about Texas, but the big and bold flavors are my favorite. This homemade Texas BBQ Sauce features big and bold flavors with just the right amount of heat.
I like making homemade BBQ sauces because I know exactly what I’m putting in them. I can forego all the preservatives and extra add-ins and enjoy real, bold flavors.
Making homemade sauces is a lot easier than you might think and the incredible flavor is unmatchable. Don’t believe me? Try this Texas BBQ Sauce recipe and let me know what you think!
Texas BBQ Sauce Recipe
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 small onion, halved and finely diced
- pinch of kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1/3 cup dark molasses
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1 whole chipotle in adobo sauce
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- freshly ground black pepper
- In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the paprika, chili powder, tomato sauce, tomato paste, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, and chipotle, whisking to combine. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the flavors come together, about 30 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and blend or puree until smooth. Stir in the lemon juice and season to taste with salt and pepper. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Baste grilled foods with sauce only during the final stages of grilling to prevent the sugars in the sauce from burning.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 158Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 562mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 20gProtein: 2g
Whether you’re cooking up a brisket or enjoying a burger, this Texas BBQ Sauce makes a great accompaniment to all your meats.
I love that this homemade barbecue sauce is thicker than a traditional barbecue sauce. It’s not going to run all over your plate because it’s perfectly thick. It’s not overly thick, but just perfect.
And it’s super easy to make!
Texas BBQ Sauce Tips
If you don’t like spice, then you probably won’t like this Texas BBQ Sauce recipe. It’s not super spicy, but it does carry some heat. If you prefer a non-spicy version, simply omit the chipotle pepper with adobo sauce and switch out the sweet paprika for a smoked paprika.
When making Texas BBQ Sauce, an immersion blender comes in super handy. If you don’t have one, I highly recommend this one. I use mine for sauces, soups, purees, and all kinds of things in the kitchen. It’s super useful.
There are lots of different ways to store your Texas BBQ Sauce, but I’m a fan of pretty over practical. I love the little glass jars I picked up at Hobby Lobby. They also have some great options on Amazon like these, and these, and even these. If you prefer to store the sauce in a more practical way, these glass sauce bottles would work too.
If you haven’t tried making homemade sauces because you thought they were too hard, this recipe will prove to you otherwise. I think once you try a homemade sauce, you’ll never want a store-bought sauce again.
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