Memphis Barbecue Sauce

Normally, Memphis Barbecue is served without sauce. However, rules are made to be broken and this why many Memphis BBQ Joints have sauces available; either on the side or by special order. This recipe captures the complexity of this Memphis Barbecue  Sauce in a rich, flavorful sauce that holds the perfect combination of sweet, vinegar, and heat. A good Memphis Barbecue Sauce is thinner than most tomato based sauces, so keep that in mind as you prepare it.

Memphis Barbecue Sauce

Memphis Barbecue Sauce

Derrick Riches
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Sauces
Cuisine American BBQ
Servings 2 Cups

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 small yellow onion (pureed in blender of food processor)
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt use more if needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Peel, and cut onion in half. Store one half for later use, and roughly chop the other half. Place it into a blender, or small food processor along with 1 tablespoon water. Puree onions.
  • In medium sized saucepan, melt butter over medium high heat. Add pureed onion and minced garlic, and sauté for 2 minutes. Add remaining sauce ingredients, and simmer over low heat for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove sauce from heat and cool completely. Use right after, or store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week after preparation.
  • Before serving, bring sauce up to room temp either on stovetop or in the microwave for 45-60 seconds.

Notes

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Keyword barbecue sauce

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