<p>Before you settle for that pricey bottle of sauce from the grocery store, consider this: Making your own barbecue sauce at home is easy, saves money, and lets you customize every batch. The ingredients are already in your fridge or pantry, so what are you waiting for? Sauce up your next meal!</p>
What began as a way for cooks to infuse roasted meats with flavor and moisture in the 19th century has turned into a U.S. passion. Barbecue sauce created today is a booming market that nets nearly $500 million annually in supermarket sales.
These days, we've moved beyond the standard sweet/tangy red sauce with dozens of varieties, flavors, and brands getting in on the saucy action. Chances are there's a bottle or two in your fridge or pantry, ready for the next time you fire up the grill or oven. But why succumb to the store-bought bottle when you can craft your own custom sauce in mere minutes for a fraction of the cost?
To make a basic barbecue sauce, all you need are a few condiments and seasonings you likely have on hand, plus a few minutes to stir them together. That's it! Make this sweet, tangy Kansas City style sauce in no time and slather it on anything at your next meal.
When it comes to making homemade barbecue sauce, your only limit is your imagination (and maybe your spice collection).
Use these tips to create the perfect sauce every time:
Use the Best Base Ingredients
Vary the Spices
Shop for Seasonal Ingredients
Play with the Sweetener
No matter what your preference is, you can make the perfect sauce at home any time!