Oh how I love BBQ Season! These easy to prepare BBQ Sauces will take away any excuse you think you might have for buying store-bought BBQ sauces! So delicious and without all the scary ingredients a lot of ready-prepared sauces often have!
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Take your pick, there is plenty of choice in BBQ Sauces!
With BBQ Sauces you can let your imagination run wild and think of thousands delicious flavor-combinations. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Peanut Sauce ( Satay Sauce) is amazing with pork, chicken or beef and even to just spoon up with some nice crusty bread! Click here to have a look at my home made Peanut Sauce! To me this is the king of all BBQ Sauces!
- Whiskey Cocktail Sauce is an old fashioned favorite that tastes fantastic with shrimps, all kinds of roasted meats and even salads! Simply mix 6 tbsp of mayonnaise with 2-3 tbsp of tomato ketchup, 1 tbsp of Whiskey ( Brandy will do too), 1/2 a tsp of Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp of mild paprika powder and about 3 tbsp of cream. Make sure you add the cream gradually as you don’t want the sauce to become too thin. Use less cream if needed.
There Really is so much choice!
- Garlic, Whole Grain Mustard Mayo, this might be one of my favorite BBQ Sauces! To me this sauce goes well with nearly everything! Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Cut a whole bulb of garlic in half ( through the middle so all the cloves stay attached). Drizzle with olive oil and wrap up in tin foil. Bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes. In a bowl mix 8 tbsp of good quality or home-made mayonnaise with about 1 1/2 tbsp of whole grain mustard. Squeeze the garlic cloves out of their skin and add to mayonnaise using a fork to break it up. Mix till well combined. Add some freshly ground black pepper. I usually don’t add any salt but feel free to do so if you think it’s needed.
- Spicy Onion Sauce, Raw onions mixed with all kinds of spicy goodness, great with chicken and pork. Cut a large onion in small cubes. Add 1 tbsp of Sambal Manis ( add more if you like it really hot!), 4 tbsp of tomato ketchup and 4 tbsp of Ketjap Manis ( Dark sweet soy sauce). Mix until combined. You can use a different kind of Sambal ( chili paste) but trust me Sambal Manis makes all the difference in this sauce!
Spoiled for choice!
The list of sauces in my house goes on and on! BBQ Sauces can really take your grilling experience to a whole new level so it will never become boring. I usually have to be careful not to make too many different BBQ Sauces because I truly love them all. So lets carry on with some more of my favorites:
- Ravigote Sauce, this is a Classic French Sauce that tastes really good with fish, Seafood and Vegetables. Mix 7 tbsp mayonnaise with 3 tbsp sour cream and 3 tsp whole grain mustard until loose and creamy. Finely dice 3 pickled gherkins and 2 shallots. Mix through mayo mixture. Finely chop about 1 tbsp of chives, 1 tbsp of parsley and 1 tbsp of tarragon. Fold herbs into mayonnaise mixture until combined. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
- Romesco Sauce, this Spanish sauce is super nice with grilled meats and veggies! Grill 3 red bell-peppers on the BBQ or in an oven preheated to 200 degrees Celsius until the skin is black. Put Peppers in a bowl and cover with clingfilm. Leave to cool down for about 10 minutes. Remove the blackened skin from the peppers and put them in a high mixing-bowl. Add 1 1/2 tsp of ground Cumin, 100 grams white almonds, 5 tbsp of mild olive-oil, 1 clove of garlic, 2 1/2 tbsp of red wine vinegar and 1/2 tbsp of smoked spicy paprika powder. Blend well with an immersion blender. If sauce is too thick add a bit more olive oil and spoon it through.
- Spicy Burger Sauce, If you like your burger to be spicy this is the perfect sauce! Finely slice a small red onion and about 1 tbsp fresh parsley. Add 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1/2 tsp onion powder. Stir in 4 tbsp of mayonnaise, 5 tbsp of tomato ketchup and 2 tsp of chipotle hot-sauce ( more if you like it really hot!).
A Nice selection!
Making a nice selection of BBQ sauces for your guests to choose and combine is so easy to do and your guests will be really impressed. BBQ sauces come in all shapes and forms so experiment! Here are some more ideas:
- Raw Tomato Sauce, This is the easiest to prepare all BBQ Sauces I think. Simply toast 1/2 tsp of fennel seed and 1/2 tsp of Coriander seeds in a dry pan for a few seconds until they release their aroma. Make sure you don’t burn them! Smash them to powder in a Pestle and Mortar and put them in a food-processor with 4 tbsp of olive oil, 1-2 cloves of garlic and 1 kg of ripe and aromatic tomatoes. Blend it all very well and leave to stand for at least 1-2 hours so the flavors can really marry each-other.
- Bell-Pepper Mayo, This simple yet delicious sauce goes really well with sausages. Finely dice 2 roasted red bell-peppers out of a jar and 2 aromatic tomatoes. Mix in 5 tbsp mayonnaise, 1 tbsp red wine vinegar and about 2 tbsp of finely sliced spring-onion.
Think that’s enough? Think again!
- Dill and Pickle Mayonnaise, is a fresh sauce that goes really well with fish and seafood especially smoked salmon. In a bowl mix together 6 tbsp of mayonnaise, 2 tbsp finely cut dill, 2 tbsp finely cut chives, 2 finely diced pickled gherkins and 1 tbsp capers. Add about 1 tbsp off the vinegar from the pickled gherkin jar. Stir together until combined and add salt and black pepper to taste.
- Radish Mayo, this wonderful sauce taste amazing with grilled chicken, pork and fish. Remove all the green from 1 bunch of radishes. Wash radishes and grate them. In a bowl mix 5 tbsp of Greek Yoghurt with 1 tbsp of mayonnaise. Add 1 tbsp of finely chopped fresh mint leaves and the radishes. Add lots of black pepper and salt to taste.
Playing with ingredients is FUN!
Playing with ingredients is so much fun, I just love the way different ingredients enhance each-others flavors. Especially when the flavor combinations are not the obvious. Lets see:
- Avocado Yogurt Sauce, we are all used to avocado being combined with flavors like coriander ( cilantro). Try this for a change: Scoop out the flesh of a large ripe avocado, add 1 1/2 tbsp of lime juice and mince it up with a fork. Add 125 ml Greek yogurt and 1 clove of minced garlic. Mix well. Stir in 2 tbsp of thinly sliced fresh basil and about 1 tsp of chili powder ( add more for extra heat, omit for less heat). Add salt and black pepper to taste.
- Roquemole, super simple and super delicious. Pare with raw vegetables like carrots, celery, cucumber or radish or with a steak. Scoop out the flesh of 2 large ripe avocados, add 3 tbsp of fresh lemon juice and 75 grams of Roquefort cheese. Mince it all together with a fork. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
- Olive Mayonnaise, tastes amazing with grilled pork. Strain a jar of organic Greek green pitted olives, transfer to food-processor and coarsely shop with 2 tbsp of capers. Put olive and caper mixture in a bowl and add 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley, 4 tbsp mayonnaise, 1 finely minced clove of garlic and 1 tsp chili flakes. Stir well to combine and add salt and black pepper to taste.
- Basil Mayonnaise, I could eat this with anything! Mix 8 tbsp of mayonnaise with about 3 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil leaves and 2 tbsp of lemon juice. Add Salt and black pepper to taste.
- Tomato Mayonnaise, another versatile sauce that goes with almost everything. Mix together 10 tbs of mayonnaise, 1 tbsp of finely chopped fresh parsley and about 2-3 tbsp of roughly chopped sun dried tomatoes
Still didn’t make your choice?
Still didn’t pick your selection of BBQ Sauce? Don’t worry here are some more:
- Garlic Sauce, a sauce I’ve been making since I was a kid. Gorgeous with grilled chicken, pork , beef or raw veggies. Mix together 8-10 tbs of mayonnaise, 2 tbsp of cream, 1 tbsp of dried parsley, 1/2 tbsp of onion powder and 2 large finely minced cloves of garlic. Add salt and black pepper to taste. To make it a little bit lighter substitute the cream with yoghurt.
- Steak Sauce, put 2 tbsp of horseradish , 2 tbsp of Dijon Mustard, 2 tbsp of dark caster sugar and 2 tbsp of tomato ketchup in a bowl and stir to combine. YUM!
- White BBQ Sauce, use as a sauce to go with grilled meat, a marinade for chicken or a salad dressing. All credits of this recipe go to Paula from Call me PMC! Thank you for this wonderful recipe Paula! I’ve made it lots of times and absolutely love it! Click here to get this delicious recipe!
- Tzatziki, I adore Tzatziki but I’ve noticed that a lot of recipes call for dill. To me that is a big NO-NO. Tzatziki should be simple, fresh and delicious. Cut a large cucumber in half length wise and using a spoon scoop out the seeds. Coarsely grate the cucumber. Put it in a colander and sprinkle with a tsp of salt and leave it to sit for about 10 minutes in order to get rid of all excess juices so you will end up with a thick Tzatziki. In a large bowl combine 250 ml of Greek yogurt with 1 large minced garlic clove and lots of black pepper. Add grated and strained cucumber and stir to combine. Refrigerate for about 1 hour so the flavors really combine. Perfection!
And the last three!
- Cherry Pepper Ketchup, I love this sauce with grilled steak. cut 1/2 a cup of pitted cherries into small pieces, add 1 tsp of freshly ground black pepper and 1/2 a cup of tomato ketchup. Stir well.
- Sweet and Sour Sauce, goes really well with Asian spiced pork or chicken. Mix together 1/2 a cup of tomato ketchup, 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and 2 tbsp of dark caster sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add about 2 tbsp of fresh pineapple ( or canned). Add more sugar if you want more sweetness.
- Sriracha Ranch Sauce, nice with fries, chicken and beef. Mix together 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp dried minced onion, 1 tsp dried parsley, 1 tsp dried chives, 1/2 tsp dried dill. In a bowl mix 1 cup of mayonnaise with 1/2 cup of milk until smooth. Add herbs and spice mixture and 1 tbsp of Sriracha hot-sauce. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
And There You have it, all the BBQ Sauces you will need this BBQ Season!