Simple BBQ Sauce

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With this unpredictable weather, you can never be sure when you might rustle up a barbecue at short notice.  

It is always a good idea to have meat in the freezer that can be called for as and when the sun shines, and here is a very simple recipe for barbecue sauce that makes a great marinade for chicken or pork spare ribs, and can be used as a sauce at the table as an accompaniment for burgers, sausages and kebabs. It can be made in 30 minutes and is a very healthy alternative to shop bought sauce.


::   1 tbsp olive oil

::   1 onion, finely chopped

::   3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

::   400g can chopped tomatoes

::   85g soft brown sugar

::   3 tbsp malt vinegar

::   2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

::   1 teaspoon English Mustard

::   1 tbsp tomato puree

::  1/2 tsp smoked paprika


Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the onion and garlic.  Cook over a gentle heat for 4-5 minutes, until softened.  Add remaining ingredients, season and mix. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes, until thickened.  For a smooth sauce, simply whizz the mixture with either a hand blender, or in the food processor for a few seconds.

This is now ready to use either as a marinade or as an accompaniment and wait for the compliments!


Shop bought meatballs are handy for a quick and impressive kebab to barbecue.  Thread onto a bamboo skewer in between cubes of peppers, red onion, cherry tomatoes and mushroom.  Baste with some olive oil, barbecue and serve with this delicious sauce.

Do you have any simple barbecue recipes to share?

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Sally Lock

I have been writing blogs and features for some years, specialising in recipes and all things related to food. Previously, I wrote for an environmentally friendly garden website, and have been a recipe advisor for Womans Journal. Mother of three and the ultimate multi-tasker, I am also the Creative Director for Silversurfers and manage all our social media too.

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