Today we have a great homemade Sweet and Tangy BBQ sauce for you. This sauce is pretty simple to make, and also makes a nice hostess gift. We made some labels for you guys so you can print them and make your jars of sauce look really pretty. We used 9oz weck jars, but ball jars come in lots of sizes and any will work! We used Avery round labels, and printed them through their website which is really easy! You can get the design right here, and I made it square in case that shape floats your boat, but you can also use these for the round labels too. I really love to make labels for stuff. Especially kitchen stuff, so even if you don’t give this BBQ sauce as gifts, you could print out the labels anyway and use them. I always feel like I am a good clean organized person when I label stuff.
Ok back to the BBQ sauce. We have a really neat recipe coming up that uses this Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce, so look our for it. Or, you could just eat it with tater tots like I did (Tater tots are so much better than french fries, I wish more restaurants had them). This sauce has bacon in it, because we love bacon and why not? This is a chunkier BBQ sauce, but you can totally adjust the purée to the way you like it. Don’t be intimidated by all the ingredients either, they all just go into the pot and simmer for awhile and then you get this bomb sauce! Hope you guys enjoy!
Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce
Makes 2 quarts
5 strips bacon, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium sweet onion, diced
5 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 1/2 tomato sauce
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons dry mustard
2 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
salt and pepper to taste
1. Sauté bacon in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until crispy and browned, about 5 minutes. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and drain all but 2 tablespoons of fat from pan.
2. Add oil to pan and place back over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in thyme and sauté for an additional 2 minutes.
3. Add the cooked bacon back into the pan followed by the remaining sauce ingredients and stir until fully combined.
4. Turn heat down to medium-low and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour sauce into a blender and puree until smooth or desired consistency has been achieved.