Iced Tea Barbecue Sauce
I love barbecue sauce. I grew up in the South and we had as many different types of barbecue sauce on the table as people in the North put salad dressings. Tomato based, vinegar based and let’s not forget the South’s Iced Tea Barbecue Sauce!
If you are a barbecue lover, you will never purchase bottle sauce again once you learn how easy it is to make it yourself. And it takes less than 15 minutes to make!
Smooth or chunky; your choice with this wonderful blend of ice tea based barbecue sauce.
1/2 teaspoon onion powder (or 1/2 minced onion)
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup prepared iced tea
1 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons steak sauce
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or 2 gloves minced)
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
I like to have bits of ingredients in my sauce so I use minced onion and garlic.
1. Start by sauteing the onions for a couple of minutes in the butter over medium heat in a large saucepan. I like using my wok style pan to prevent the sauce from splashing everywhere while cooking.
2. Add the garlic if using minced and cook for another couple of minutes.
3. Toss in the rest of the ingredients: iced tea, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, steak sauce, brown sugar, and pepper – stir well to combine and dissolve the brown sugar.
4. Bring sauce to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly to prevent scorching and to combine all the ingredients.
5. Drop heat back to a medium – medium low and allow to simmer. Do not allow to continue to boil, you just want little bubbles along the edges of pan.
6. Continue to cook and stir frequently until the sauce is reduced (about 6 to 10 minutes). It will thicken and cling to the back of a spoon.
7. Sample for personal flavor of seasonings. Add additional salt, pepper, brown sugar, lemon juice, or iced tea as needed to reach the flavor profile and consistency you enjoy. Toss in a shake or two of hot sauce if you like your sauce to have a little kick.
8. Allow to cool off the heat before transferring to a jar or bowl for storage. Unused sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Makes about 2 cups
Do you have a favorite barbecue sauce recipe? Share it below in the comment section. I would love to give it a try.