Sweet and Sassy Barbecue Sauce for a Great Cookout
I love a good barbecue party. To me, that means a great sauce, a lot of meat, and a delicious variety of salads. Honestly, though, if the barbecue sauce isn’t tasty, it kills the party. I’ve been tinkering with my own barbecue sauce for a while now, and what I found is the combination of sweet, tangy, and just a little hot makes the best barbecue sauce you ever want to try. It doesn’t take fancy ingredients or anything unusual to make Sweet and Sassy Barbecue Sauce. The best part is it only takes a few minutes to put together the sauce and get it to your grill or in my case to the stove, for great summer meal.
Sweet and Sassy Barbecue Sauce Ingredients and Substitutions
Sweet and Sassy Barbecue Sauce has a distinct sweet taste that reminds you of a good barbecue sauce that you might have had as at a restaurant. The secret ingredient is hard apple cider, which gives it the sweet flavor that you’re sure to love. If you’re not a hard apple cider drinker you might have a store that will sell a bottle at a time which is perfect for this recipe. If not, apple juice or plain apple cider will substitute well. While I used white wine vinegar in this recipe, you can also use plain white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or red wine vinegar. Each will give their own flavor and own quirk to your final Sweet and Sassy Barbecue Sauce. For the spicy flavor, I added just a bit of red pepper flakes, but you may also use Tabasco sauce or your own favorite hot sauce. This recipe is easy to change based on what you have in your kitchen at the time you make your Sweet and Sassy Barbecue Sauce.
- 1 C ketchup
- ½ C white wine vinegar
- ½ C hard apple cidar (or apple cider/juice)
- ½ C brown sugar, packed
- 2 T soy sauce
- 2 T Worcestershire sauce
- 2 t spicy brown mustard
- 1 t garlic, minced
- ½ t salt
- ¼ t pepper
- ¼ C apple, grated
- ¼ C onion grated
- dash red pepper flakes or hot sauce
- Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.
- Baste over your favorite meat, or add to browned ground beef for a zesty take on Sloppy Joes.
Leftover Sweet and Sassy Barbecue Sauce?
If you happen to have leftover Sweet and Sassy Barbecue Sauce, you can easily store this in refrigerator for week. Try it on hot dogs, bratwurst, and burgers, as well as the normal chicken, ribs, and pork chops. You’ll really love the flavor the sauce imparts in any meat you use and your guests will ask where you found such a Sweet and Sassy Barbecue Sauce!