Spices of Life: Ten Recipes for Homemade Barbecue Sauce

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So it's summer and meals can be salad-simple or grill-great, no real cooking required. But that doesn't mean there's no room for creativity in the kitchen. But first, scan the typical shelves of barbecue sauce at the supermarket and your eyes will glaze -- ahem -- over. Who can pick? And who wants to pay $6 (or $10, I saw one for TEN DOLLARS) for essentially souped-up ketchup? Instead, let's throw together a few pantry ingredients, then call it a day. Or a night. Or -- better yet -- a party.

Here are 10 barbecue sauces to spice up everything from chicken to tofu. Just listen to how easy it is to make barbecue sauce -- and how food bloggers rave about the end results, too.

Madeline's Adaptations ~ Homemade BBQ Sauce
"I started the sauce with the Homemade Ketchup recipe from White on Rice Couple. The ketchup is fantastic and it was a perfect base to begin with but you could certainly use regular ketchup. From there I just messed around and experimented adding different spices and flavors like anchovies. Yes anchovies! The sauce turned out great. Better than any bottled BBQ sauce we've had."

Daily Unadventures in Cooking ~ Barbecue Sauce
"I like my barbecue sauce spicy, tangy and sweet - in that order. I certainly don't claim to be an expert on BBQ but this is my best batch of ribs yet and the barbecue sauce is also the best I have made. Maybe it is because I put bacon in it? Just a thought."

Vegan Feast Kitchen ~ Bryanna's So Good (and Easy) Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
"I just threaded [tofu kebabs] on skewers with the veggies [peppers, mushrooms, onion], slathered on my Bourbon BBQ Sauce ... and grilled them, serving them on a bed of Basmati rice. "

Everything Rachael Ray ~ Hula Chicken with Pineapple BBQ Sauce
"[The chicken] was sweet and tart, with a little kick in the barbecue sauce."

The Perfect Pantry ~ Chicken with Mango Barbecue Sauce
"Sweet and spicy, to your taste, this sauce would work well on beef or pork, too."

Prudence Pennywise ~ Smoky Orange and Honey Barbecue Sauce
"... my Smoky Orange and Honey Barbecue Sauce is ... It's heavenly and miles above any bottled sauce. It's got tang, sweetness, spice, smoke, and overall fabulous balance."

SavoryReviews.com ~ Homemade Barbecue Sauce
"It is quite easy to [make homemade barbecue sauce], but I never seem to use the right ingredients to make it tasty. I have done it in the past and it really hasn’t turned out that great. I usually make the sauce too sweet or too tangy. I was messing around in the kitchen the other day and I finally got the perfect sauce. It is thick, tangy, sweet and spicy. I used tomato paste as the base to make the sauce thicker. It is amazing."

A Southern Grace ~ Sweet Burn Barbecue Sauce
"Guess what. It's also extremely easy to make barbecue sauce at home. What's more, you can fine-tune it and toss in whatever tickles your fancy (and leave out whatever doesn't--no preservatives or modified starches in my blend, thank you very much). My fancy just so happens to be tickled by both heat and sweet, so I included ample amounts of the ingredients necessary to achieve these qualities."

Confabulation in the Kitchen ~ Homemade Barbecue Sauce
"It was so easy to make, and I even tried two recipes - I wanted to try a traditional sauce and a sweet one."

Kath Eats ~ Homemade BBQ Sauce for Baked Tofu

And you?
And you, is there a homemade barbecue sauce in your repertoire? Leave a recipe or a link to a recipe in the comments!

BlogHer food editor Alanna Kellogg makes a one-recipe batch of barbecue sauce for Eggplant Steaks.

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