Category Archives: Sauces

A Sauce for Every Occasion


I love barbeque sauce.  I’ve had the thin, tangy slightly sweet and smoky Memphis style sauce, the “yellow gold” style sauce from the Midlands of Carolina, the sweet, thick sauce they love in Kansas City and the vinegary spicy sauce in New Orleans.  I love them all.  I love them with chicken, with beef, pork, you name it.


Here are a couple of go-to sauces that I use a bunch. 

Spicy and Tangy

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Whisk all of the ingredients in a medium sauce pan and bring to a simmer over medium low heat.  Turn the heat down a bit and let it simmer for no less than 30 minutes.  Adjust the salt/sugar to your taste.  Once the sauce cools, you can put this in a mason jar and it will keep in the refrigerator for a good long time.

Smoky and Sweet

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Same trick here as before.  Whisk everything together and simmer it in a medium sauce pan.  Simmer it for 30 minutes to 1 hour.  Adjust if you like, then let the sauce cool.