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Homemade BBQ Sauce

  • Author: Katja from the Savory Lotus



  • 1medium onion, sliced into thin rings
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup honey (like this)
  • 2 TBS unsulfured molasses (like this)
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar (I use this one)
  • 6 oz. of tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup filtered water
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder (like this)
  • 1/21 tsp chili powder (like THIS)
  • 3/4 tsp celtic sea salt (I use THIS one)
  • several grinds of fresh black pepper
  • 2 TBS ghee (like this) or butter for sauteing


  1. Melt the 2 TBS of ghee or butter in skillet and add sliced onions. Gently saute on low to medium heat to caramelize (about 20 – 25 minutes ) pushing around once in a while to prevent sticking. If it starts to stick, add a TBS of water to pan
  2. Once onions are nice and brown, add garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes more. Add cumin and gently saute for about a minute to bring out the flavor. Remove from heat.
  3. Meanwhile, combine all of the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined. Add onion/garlic/cumin mixture
  4. Use an immersion blender or regular blender to puree until completely smooth
  5. Reduce mixture in small pan on low heat for 10-12 minutes, or until reaches desired thickness
  6. Store in fridge in glass jar
  7. Enjoy!!!