I know it’s not barbecue season yet, but spring’s getting closer and closer! Plus you don’t actually have to barbecue anything to have this sauce… you can just bake chicken wings like I do. I’ve actually made this barbecue sauce a thousand times this past year, but since I always make it when we have company over, or we’re going to a barbecue some place else, I never manage to take pictures. A couple of weeks ago though, we were clearing our freezer – yup, we emptied it completely! – and had quite a few chicken wings in there, so I whipped this sauce up to go with them.
It’s super easy to make (just dump your ingredients in a big pot and stir once in a while), and once it’s made, I simply place the chicken wings on a big oven dish, and use a silicone brush to coat them with sauce (on both sides). Then I just bake them until they’re done! It’s better if the oven dish has a grill rack, like this one from Ikea, since the chicken wings usually have a lot of water. I place the rack inside the dish and the wings on top the rack, so they aren’t actually touching the bottom of the dish, that way any water they have sits at the bottom and the wings don’t get mushy. I hope that makes sense because sometimes I’m terrible at explaining myself!
Anyway, here’s the recipe. Like I said, it’s unbelievably easy!
Homemade BBQ Sauce
- 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup cider vinegar (or white distilled)
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 cups tomato ketchup Heinz mixed with a bit of water, so it’s really about 1.5 cups ketchup 0.5 cups water
- juice from half a freshly squeezed orange
- 2 tablespoons of spice mix, which consists of (I eyeball it every time; probably has more garlic than anything else, and just a bit of Spanish paprika) salt, garlic powder, Spanish paprika (pimentón), ground black pepper, All Spice, and ground cumin
- A bit of cayenne pepper if you like the sauce spicy
In a medium sized pot, mix all the ingredients together; heat until it starts to simmer and then bring the heat down a bit. Let the sauce reduce until it’s the consistency of BBQ sauce (about 40 minutes – 1h). Stir occasionally.
Have a great weekend everyone! I’m so glad it’s Friday! It’s been a very busy and long week for me.