Barbecue sauce. 

Making it yourself is pretty awesome. It’s super easy to do, and you’ll be able to adjust how sweet or spicy your brew is, it’s very flexible. I’ve always been intimidated my making sauces and homemade condiments, but lately I’ve gotten more into it- DIY-ing your sauces allows you to pull in flavors that you’ve loved from different dishes. 


I’ll be honest though, barbecue food is not my favorite. There’s something about the messiness of it that isn’t too appealing to me. That being said, I love a good dipping sauce for fries and chicken, or to throw on a burger. 


This particular version of bbq sauce is sweet at first, and you get a kick of heat at the end that I think is perfect. It’s savory, not too spicy, and it’s certainly going to stand out in any dish. Since there’s so much dried chili in the recipe, (this helps to thicken as well as spice) I decided to add a little bit of cocoa powder to cut through some of the spice. It doesn’t taste like chocolate at all, but it helps tone down the spice. I actually saw the idea on a Bobby Flay recipe, but his was more centered around a chocolate flavor. 


If you like spice, this sauce has a real kick, and it’s awesome with anything from fries to chicken, to pulled pork (which I made this weekend)!



Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbs. white wine vinegar or red
  • 2 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbs. honey
  • 2 tbs. molasses
  • 1 tbs. oyster sauce optional
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbs. paprika
  • 2 tbs. chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tbs. cocoa powder


  1. Add all the ingredients to a medium saucepan.
  2. Cook over low heat for 30-40 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool completely, and store in an airtight container.

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