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Making your own barbecue sauce might have never crossed your mind before, with many different varieties of BBQ being available at your local grocery store. However, if you want to try something new this year making your own barbecue grilling sauce is a great idea. Get the kids involved and show them that sometimes the best tastes don’t come from a bottled sauce sold at the store! There are many different BBQ sauce recipes but here are a few you can try to get you started.

Classic Barbecue Grilling Sauce

* 1 can (8 ounce) tomato sauce
* 1 can (6 ounce) tomato paste
* 1/4 cup of minced onion
* 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
* 2 tablespoons of vinegar
* 2 tablespoons of olive oil
* 3 cloves garlic crushed
* 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
* 1 teaspoon of dry mustard
* 1 teaspoon of cayenne
* fresh ground pepper

Cook minced onion and garlic in olive oil until onions become dense. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix thoroughly and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes. This recipe makes approximately 1 1/2 cups of barbecue sauce and takes a total of 30 minutes from preparation to cooking.

Southern BBQ Sauce

* apple cider vinegar (2 cups)
* tomato paste (4 ounces)
* sugar (1.5 tbs)
* peanut oil (1.5 tbs)
* salt (1.5 tbs)
* steak sauce (3/4 tbs)
* Worcestershire sauce (3/4 tbs)
* hot pepper sauce (1/2 tbs)

To start, mix all of the ingredients together in a sauce pan. Allow the mixture to simmer on medium high for about ten minutes. If you have time, marinate the meat in 2/3 of this mixture overnight before you cook it and use the remaining mixture to baste it while you’re cooking it. However, if you don’t have time to marinate the meat overnight you can do a quick 15 minute marinating or you can simply baste as you cook.

While it might be easier to simply reach for the cheap bottled BBQ sauce at the grocery store, there are benefits associated with making your own barbecue sauce. You can choose high quality or even organic ingredients, which can help keep your family healthy. You can also choose to add more or less of what you’d like, depending on your own taste preferences or the taste preferences of your family. If you want to turn barbecue sauce making into a family event, let the kids help and create your own family recipe to share.