***Recently, Brad and I put together a scrumptious meal...Grilled BBQ Ribs with Homemade BBQ Sauce, Mashed Potatoes with Scallions, and Greek Salad...Mmm. This BBQ sauce was outstanding! Plus, it was so wonderful to sit outside on a beautiful night while the ribs cooked on the grill. I'm so glad that spring is here!
A few days before, I had found boneless ribs on sale at the grocery store...buy one get one free. We were both craving BBQ ribs, but alas...there was no BBQ sauce to be found in our kitchen. I wasn't about to let that stop me! I knew that I had some of the main ingredients on-hand...ketchup, brown sugar, and molasses...so I went to work at whipping up a homemade batch of sauce. The only two ingredients that I did not have were the chili sauce and chili powder, so those go left out. I did, however, add a sprinkling of red pepper flakes to add the tiniest amount of heat.
I may never buy store-bought BBQ sauce again! This recipe was super easy, was packed with flavor, and came together in only about 15 minutes.
Next time you have the chance, give this sauce a try...It's delicious!
Memphis-Style Barbeque Sauce
•1 tablespoon butter
•1/4 cup finely chopped onion
•1 1/2 cups ketchup
•1/4 cup chili sauce
•3 t o 4 tablespoons brown sugar
•3 to 4 tablespoons molasses
•2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
•1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
•1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
•1 tablespoon liquid hickory smoke flavoring
•1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or granulated garlic
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
•1 teaspoon chili powder
•dash cayenne pepper, or to taste
In a saucepan, slowly sauté the chopped onion in butter until soft and just beginning to turn yellow. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer for about 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings. Delicious on chopped pork sandwiches or use with chicken.