TSRI’s Signature Barbecue Sauce

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TSRI’s Signature Barbecue Sauce is a smoky sauce with a mouth watering aroma. Perfectly sweet, with just enough spice to warm your palate.

tsris signature bbq sauce

Welcome to TSRI’s Summer Grilling Celebration!  It has been an amazing few weeks of grilling recipes.  But, what is a season of grilling without your own signature BBQ sauce?  We keep coming back to use this sauce again.  It is amazing!  We have used it on the Bacon Bourbon Barbeque Chicken Kabobs and the Lil Texas Barbeque Sliders it is delicious on everything!  We use it as a dipping sauce, on ribs, burgers, chicken and so many other ways.

We have an amazing burger coming up in a few weeks that uses this barbecue sauce again.  It is our go to sauce.  It seems like a daunting task when you look at it.  But, it is really simple.  It is made in one pan and everything this recipe calls for I keep in my pantry all the time.

tsri's signature barbecue sauce

It is a well balanced smoky barbecue sauce with a mouth watering aroma.  Its perfectly sweet, with just enough spice to warm your palate.

Trust me, once you make this sauce you won’t want to buy store bought ever again.  Enjoy!  Make a double batch and put it in the fridge.  I will share more recipes using this sauce really soon.

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TSRI’s Signature Barbecue Sauce

Donna Elick
Welcome to TSRI’s Summer Grilling Celebration! It has been an amazing few weeks of grilling recipes. But, what is a season of grilling without your own signature BBQ sauce?
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Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Method Stovetop
Servings 4 cups

Ingredients
 

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup ancho chile pepper
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions
 

  • In a large saucepan heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook until soft, about 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add ketchup and 2/3 cup water, bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the remaining ingredients simmer for 10 minutes, or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • Transfer the mixture to a food processor; puree until smooth. Pour into a mason jar; cool to room temperature.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 413cal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1986mg | Sugar: 70g | Fiber: 8g | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 4mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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17 Comments

  1. oooh, I love the chipotles here. How spicy is it? I love that I can adjust the heat so easily that way.

    1. It is just warm. Not spicy really. My mom loved it and she doesn't have a heat tolerance at all.

  2. I love making my own barbecue sauce. I have my own recipe but I might have to give this one a try.

  3. How sweet is this sauce, I'm concerned at the amount of sweet flavours going in?

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    1. Hi Debs, it really is not that sweet. All the sugars and honey are a great balance of flavors. If you are concerned you can cut the sugar a bit by omitting 1/2 the brown sugar and 1/2 the white sugar.

      But honestly, I have not had anyone mention that they thought it was too sweet. Hope that helps.

  4. This recipe sounds so good I bought the ingredients to make it today and realized I bought ancho chile pepper instead of ancho chili powder ( I could not find 'powder'). Can I use the pepper instead of the powder, is there a difference? Also another question…I saw the recipe for Lil Texas spice rub in two different places here and they were printed with the same ingredients except one of them also included 1 TBL. of ancho chili powder…does this also go in the spice rub along with the chipotle and New Mexico chile powders.
    Thank You
    Am looking forward to trying this recipe along with the beer cheddar cheese sauce.

    1. Linrich,

      I am so happy you are making these!!!

      It is pepper (I corrected the recipe). I do vary the Lil Texas spice rub when I use it. It is deliciously smoky with the Ancho, but when I have run out I just omitted it and I had a fabulous rub still.

      Hope that helps, these recipes are amazing. Let me know what changes you make and how you like them!

  5. It is pepper (I corrected the recipe). I do vary the Lil Texas spice rub when I use it. It is deliciously smoky with the Ancho, but when I have run out I just omitted it and I had a fabulous rub still.

    Hope that helps, these recipes are amazing. Let me know what changes you make and how you like them!

  6. Thank you again for the recipes on your blog and for answering my question yesterday. My daughter and I made the BBQ sauce, smokehose burgers and the smoky beer cheddar cheese sauce. All of them were soooo good! Another question though. Can the smoky beer cheddar cheese sauce be frozen? Due to talking, laughing and having fun in the kitchen, while my daughter was making the cheese sauce a couple ingredients were accidently doubled and in the end the whole recipe was doubled three times. That's A LOT of cheese sauce, even for us.

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