BBQ sauce

BBQ Sauce

Making your own BBQ sauce is very easy, and it’s a sure-fire way to take your braai to the next level, rather than buying a sauce.

BBQ sauce

You can make your own version of BBQ sauce by adding different ingredients to the basics, and who knows, it may be good enough to bottle and sell. This is my rich sauce that my son loves so much that he just has it on bread with nothing else. It can be used as is to give your burgers an extra kick or used as a basting sauce while cooking them on the grill.

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons brandy or whisky
  • 3 tablespoons wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika (a note on the smoked version: it can overpower. If you don’t like the smoky flavour, use plain paprika)
  • 2 medium red chillies
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 100g tomato paste

Fry the onions in a saucepan with butter on a low heat until soft. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for 25 minutes. Use a stick blender to reduce the sauce to a smooth consistency or use chunky

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