Something Saucy - Emergency Barbecue Sauce


The "Something Saucy" Guest Blog:  

What does Something Saucy mean to me?  It means every meal gets a little something extra special.  Sauces step up your cooking game and bring that last layer of flavor to the table.  Each sauce I create in my kitchen are unique or modified by me, and taste tasted by friends and family.  I love to come up with unique sauces and then explore different meals options to incorporate them into.  These sauces will turn your everyday meal into something saucy! 

Who has time for a one fix wonder? Not me! So each recipe or sauce of mine can do double duty or can be amped up. At the bottom of each of my recipes, look for my MODIFY instructions.  I also will outline exactly what can be omitted if you don’t like. So feel free to experiment with my recipes and make it your own! 

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Barbecue Ribs

Emergency BBQ Sauce                         
(makes close to 2 cups of sauce)

Ever run out minutes before you’re about to have a party? Here’s a fast and easy NO COOK recipe! When I BBQ I like to have choices! I’d make a double batch and then prepare two or three variations to give my guests options. My ideal sauce line up would be vinegar based, original (no spice), and a spicy version! 

What you will need:

I Cup Ketchup

1 Small Can of Tomato Paste

1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce (optional)

¼ Cup Brown Sugar (or dark agave syrup if you prefer)

¼ Cup Cider Vinegar (if in a bind you can use white vinegar or red wine vinegar as a last resort)

Salt to taste (aprox. 1 Teaspoon)

1 Tablespoon Onion Powder (Optional)

1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder (Optional)

Combine and stir all ingredients together. Apply to cooking meat or veggies. 


Some like it HOT chose one OR ALL of the below to pump up the heat

  • Add 1 tablespoon of hot garlic chili paste
  • Add 1 teaspoon+ of cayenne pepper
  • Add t tablespoon of red pepper flakes

Some like it HOTTER  cooking and letting the BBQ sauce sit allows the oils of the hot pepper to open and spread though the sauce. It’s not required but just remember, if you make this ahead of time remember that more time equals more heat with the same amount of hot pepper!  

  • Add your hot spice of choice and then cook the sauce on low for 5-10 minutes stirring occasionally to keep it from burning

Some like it VINEGARY This is my version of a North Carolina BBQ Sauce

  • take 1 Cup of the above BBQ sauce (prepared)
  • Add 1 Cup of white vinegar
  • Add 1 Teaspoon of Cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Add 1 Tablespoon of Brown Sugar (optional)

About Heather:

Heather is our recipe guest blogger.  Her recipes are unique, easy, healthy, and delicious!  Heather loves to experiment with healthy alternatives, food flavors, dish concepts, and spices.  Her dishes always have that extra wow factor that will impress your guests and their tastebuds!   Follow her "Something Saucy" posts via "That's So Cabonnay" and start creating inspiring,  nutritious,  and mega-tasty meals. 

From a young age, Heather Donaldson has been entrenched in the service industry.  She grew up at her parents bed and breakfast, Darby Field Inn and Restaurant, where she was always lending a helping hand.  She later graduated from New Hampshire College with a Degree in Hospitality Management.  She spent her summers managing restaurants on the exclusive island of Nantucket, located off the coast of Massachusetts.  Currently she enjoys cooking and entertaining her friends and family.