Smoky Balsamic BBQ Sauce

May  5, 2013
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  • Makes 2 cups, approx.
Author Notes

My sauce is from the heart; 12 years ago I started it from scratch, working like a mad scientist, tinkering for weeks to get the balsamic flavor profile I was after. Fast forward a few years later…my mouth dropped open while watching Michael Chiarello make a sauce using similar ingredients, all the while stating how these flavors must run in his Italian blood; and I thought, it must be true!

This recipe is always a crowd pleaser however it is used - for pulled pork, ribs, dipping or my favorite for grilled pizza.

What You'll Need
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (I sometimes use honey or agave)
  • 2 teaspoons granulated onion powder
  • 3 tablespoons dark balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/8 teaspoon, a pinch, sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon, a pinch, ground allspice
  • 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • Optional – Tabasco to taste
  1. In a sauce pan melt the butter, browning it a bit. Add the sugar, onion powder, vinegar, molasses, liquid smoke, salt and allspice. Heat ingredients until they start to bubble, stir in tomato sauce and simmer, covered, for an hour. Stir in Tabasco sauce to taste, optional.
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6 Reviews

BlueKaleRoad May 8, 2013
What a mouthwatering sauce, Linda! I'll be making this soon. :)
lapadia May 9, 2013
Thanks,Hannah! Would love your feedback after you try it! :)
Bevi May 6, 2013
I'll make this and put it in a nice container. Hopefully this can replace some of the processed sauces that get bought without my knowledge!
lapadia May 6, 2013
Good plan, Bevi! Hope it is well received :)
susan G. May 5, 2013
What a great sauce! It keeps really well, and it's perfect on everything we've tried. Nice twist on sandwiches if the grill isn't on the menu.
lapadia May 5, 2013
Hi susan g! Thanks for your feedback, I'm happy to know you have found many ways to enjoy it!