One thing I noticed is that most recipes called for ketchup. Now I love ketchup, and I an almost religious admirer of Heinz ketchup, but I wanted a more made from scratch thing here. I take pride in my cooking, and making barbecue sauce that's little more than suped-up ketchup isn't really my style.
So, based on all this I'm going to give the following recipe. This will make a a sweet and tomatoey sauce.
- One large can of crushed tomatoes
- Half of a small red onion, finely chopped
- Five to seven cloves of garlic, finely minced
- White vinegar -- 1/3 cup
- Liquid smoke -- 1/2 teaspoon (a cap full)
- Soy sauce -- 1/4 cup
- Brown sugar -- 1/3 cup
- Regular yellow mustard -- 1 teaspoon
- Crushed red pepper -- 1 teaspoon for a mild sauce (up to a couple of tablespoons if you are bad ass)
- Arrowroot powder -- make a slurry of several tablespoons.
Heat up some olive oil in a sauce pan on medium-high heat, and add the onions. Cook a couple of minutes until translucent, then put your heat down to medium and ass the red pepper flakes and the garlic.
After a couple of minutes (watch your garlic -- don't let it burn) add the vinegar, soy sauce, and the liquid smoke and turn the heat back up to med-high. When it gets boiling pour in the tomatoes, brown sugar, and mustard.
Stir all this together well and let it simmer (turn back down to med-low) for about 40 minutes, stirring every few minutes so it doesn't stick.
After it's cooked for about 40 minutes stir in your arrowroot slurry a bit at a time. It should thicken as it heats up. Allow it to simmer another minute or two -- it should be noticeably thicker.
At this point you have a pretty decent sauce, but it will be a bit chunky. Ladle the sauce out of the pan into a blender, and blend the mixture well. Let cool, and refrigerate.