Texas Pepper Barbecue Sauce, Baby

A recipe for a homemade tangy barbecue sauce with a peppery kick straight from the heart of Texas, by proxy.
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There are those types of people in the world that live with their heart. The types of people who instantly offer to lend a hand, make the calls to get a limo when multiple taxis don’t show up, offer up their house and extra bedroom for you to crash on (and three others), show up in New York City ready to eat their weight in chocolate without question just because you (and a certain chocolate-loving lady) happen to be in town, attend your book signing no matter the time or day and then offer to take you to dinner afterward, send gifts on your birthday and Christmas just because, and on and on. Try as I may, I am not this person.

Sometimes it appears as if these people have a heart the size of Texas, one that gives continuously and then just a bit more. As it turns out, they do.

Since I first met Amber from Bluebonnets and Brownies back in 2010, she has selflessly offered up her generosity in all areas of her life, continuously being the first to help you up when you’re down even in the midst of her own trials. Perhaps her heart really is the size of her home state. Today, though, we get to finally celebrate together with Amber and her husband, James, as they get ready to welcome a new Bracegirdle into the fold after years of waiting. I’m certain the little mister will have the same caring spirit of his mum and dad.
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I unabashedly asked Amber about her favorite Texas barbecue sauce from home while I was tweaking this recipe to be absolutely certain that we were on the right track. Texas sauce is a tomato-based sauce with a tang from the vinegar and a subtle sweetness from brown sugar and molasses that is accompanied by a bit of a peppery kick on the end. The kick can vary, of course, and for this version we’ve made it easy to do so, simply adjusting the level of cayenne for hot versus not.

I am completely biased towards brisket in my barbecue consumption, and so I’ll just continue the partiality and favoritism and declare that this barbecue sauce is best served over thinly sliced pieces of smoked brisket, and because it would be mean not to, I’ll let Ole share his technique for making your own tomorrow morning. See, I have learned a few things about living with my heart.

1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup minced onion
1 clove garlic minced
4 ounces tomato sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon brown sugar or honey
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add in the onion and garlic and saute for five minutes until tender.

Stir in the tomato sauce, ketchup, molasses, apple cider vinegar, black pepper, lemon juice, brown sugar/honey, Worchestershire, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and cumin. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat, and summer for 20 minutes to combine flavors and for the sauce to reduce.

When the sauce is thick and syrupy, remove from heat and allow to cool before bottling. Keeps sealed in the refrigerator for up to a month.


Makes 2 cups barbecue sauce

To celebrate Amber and James’ forthcoming addition to their family, we got together to throw her a virtual baby shower, with each of us bringing something to eat straight from her home state of Texas:

Sugarcrafter | Breakfast Tostadas
My Kitchen Addiction | Baby Texan Cookies
My Baking Addiction | Texas Sheet Cake
Simple Bites | Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Charred Corn Salsa
Stetted | Queso Mac
Dessert For Two | Frito Chocolate Chip Cookies
Confessions of a Cookbook Queen | Coconut Tres Leches Layer Cake
TidyMom | Pizza Bread Sticks
Miss in the Kitchen | Blackberry Milkshakes
Art of Gluten Free Baking | Peach-Pecan Pie, Gluten-Free
Bon Appetit Hon | Cheddar Ranch Crackers
Food Babbles | Southern Pecan Pie
Jelly Toast | Peach Iced Tea
Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle | Decorated Elephant Cookies
i am baker | Texas Brownie Cake
The Kitchen Trials | Coca-Cola Cake
Cookies & Cups | Sticky Toffee Pudding Cookies
A Farmgirl’s Dabbles | Peanut Butter Bonbons the Size of Texas
Steph Chows | Fiesta Dip

Comments

  1. Sounds like Texas perfection, Shaina! Thanks so much for bringing this lip-smacking sauce along to Amber’s virtual shower!

  2. You totally made me all teary. Great post… and YOWZA does that meat look amazing!

  3. You spoke the truth about Amber. It’s no wonder why we all love her.

    Awesome sauce!!

  4. Loved your post… You nailed it! From your description of Amber to the amazing BBQ sauce, it’s perfect. Thanks so much for joining in the baby shower fun!

  5. And now I’m a sobbing, hormonal mess. Shaina, you know that I think you’re one of the best writers I’ve ever known – when you take time to write about *me*? Gah. There’s no way I can articulate what it means. This sauce looks perfect, just like my favorite back home, but without the crappy pseudo-ingredients. I can’t wait to see Ole’s take on brisket, and then I’m going to have to make some. Because you’re absolutely right that brisket is king when it comes to a sauce like this. A close second is smoked turkey, but brisket always comes first. Thank you for celebrating Evan, and thank you for being my friend. I adore you, and I hope you know that every time we talk – which isn’t often enough!

  6. I have a great big smile reading Amber’s response to your post. I so agree with her that you are such a gifted writer. Love this barbecue sauce and I just know how awesome it would taste smothered over brisket!!

  7. I want to dip French fries in it….NOW. I know, I can’t help it.

  8. Can’t wait to try some of this amazing BBQ sauce, look so good!

  9. I think I need to make this sauce! I bet it’s perfect on brisket.

  10. Amazing, wonderful post! And yes, this is some bbq sauce, baby!!! Love it!!!

  11. Sweetsugarbelle says:

    This is my kind of barbecue sauce, Shaina!

  12. You know there’s only one brand of ketchup I’ll put in my homemade BBQ sauce – just think of it as a little dash of Pittsburgh via San Antonio and Minneapolis!

  13. Your words about Amber are right on the money and so touching! I was very moved by your post and this recipe sounds amazing. I’m a big fan of a good brisket and next time I’ll be adding this sauce to mine. Yum!

  14. What a happy, celebratory, wonderful post, encompassing a super lovely subject = Amber. And that sauce looks perty darn good, too. ;)

  15. Such a beautiful post! I loved reading every sweet word! And this sauce? Whoa baby! Amazing!

  16. I love love making homemade bbq sauce, always comes out so much better than store bought!

  17. OMG Shaina! I love this!!! looks fantastic!!

  18. Pass me some extra napkins.

  19. This sauce looks phenomenal! I love a vinegary sauce and I’m right there with you about brisket – the best! Beautiful post!

  20. What a fun way to celebrate – love how flavorful your BBQ sauce sounds Shaina!

  21. I have yet to make my own BBQ sauce but it is my husbands favorite so I must try it soon!

  22. Shaina: oh yum, yum, yum! I can’t wait to make this. And you are so right, Amber does have a heart as big as her home state. I’m so pleased for her and James. And it’s through her that we met–which makes me very happy!

  23. You know what else this’d be perfect for? Burgers. Big juicy grilled burgers. My mouth is watering as I type…

  24. As a Texan, I approve this recipe. Delicious!

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