South Texas BBQ Sauce

1 - 2 T serving
20 min

Texas has many popular barbecue sauce recipes and today we are making a South Texas BBQ Sauce. You will need tomato ketchup, a can of fire roasted salsa, garlic powder, onion powder, olive oil, chipotle adobe sauce, molasses, apple cider vinegar, worcestershire sauce, stone ground mustard, salt and pepper.


Texans know barbecue and local BBQ joints are never far away. Texas has a variety of barbecue styles depending on the region. The various Texas BBQ regions are Central, East, West, and South with each having a different taste.

This simple barbecue sauce is easy to prepare and comes together quickly. It keeps in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days and freezes nicely to keep for up to 6 months.

This barbecue recipe without alterations gives you a medium hotness on the heat scale. We have included variations for those that prefer a milder version. 

South Texas Barbecue Sauce



Exploring a South Texas BBQ Sauce

Today we are exploring a south Texas BBQ sauce. BBQ sauces from the southern region of Texas generally have 3 main specifics being sweet, tangy and spicy. This version of South Texas barbecue sauce is sure to please.


It is a sweet tangy sauce with a touch of spicy essence. We have incorporated the sweetness of molasses, the spicy from chipotle adobe sauce, as well as the tangy from vinegar, spicy mustard and Worcestershire sauce. We have included a fire roasted salsa for even more flavor.


This simple barbecue sauce is easy to prepare and comes together quickly. It keeps in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days and freezes nicely to keep for up to 6 months. This barbecue recipe without alterations gives you a medium hotness on the heat scale. We have included variations for those that prefer a milder version.


History of Texas BBQ

Smoking meat to preserve it is a worldwide tradition and our early Texas settlers were no exception. South Texas BBQ style was predated by the Spaniards of the 1600s who traveled to Texas and introduced their homeland tradition of preparing barbacoa.


A commonly used meat was goat which was wrapped in heavy leaves which they buried in pits of hot coals. Our early settlers used veal, mutton, pork and goat often smoking it in a pit or crude smoke house.


In addition our 19th-century immigrants from Germany and Czechoslovakia who settled in the central part of the state brought their meat-smoking techniques many of which are still used today.


The mid eighteen hundreds brought about an increase in cattle production especially in Texas with our extensive longhorn cattle population and it became one of our main resources of that period.


Todays Texas Barbecue

Beef quickly became a popular meat with Texans and every region developed its favorite way to prepare it. Todays Texas barbecue continues to include beef, pork, and smoked sausage as well as the occasional wild game.


You can get goat in some regions but most barbacoa and barbecue of our modern age is prepared with pork, beef and even chicken.


Texans do love their barbecue which typically includes beef brisket, pork ribs, and smoked sausage. There are many great BBQ joints but as any Texas truest knows only homemade is prepared to perfection.


If your home is lucky enough to have a custom built home smoker you know what I am talking about. However most of us are using a more modern grill/smoker but the results are still well worth the effort.


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South Texas BBQ Sauce

Texans know barbecue and local BBQ joints are never far away. Texas has a variety of barbecue styles depending on the region. The various Texas BBQ regions are Central, East, West, and South with each having a different taste. 


Texas has many popular barbecue sauce recipes and today we are making a South Texas BBQ Sauce. You will need tomato ketchup, a can of fire roasted salsa, garlic powder, onion powder, olive oil, chipotle adobe sauce, molasses, apple cider vinegar, worcestershire sauce, stone ground mustard, salt and pepper. 

Recipe details
  • 1 - 2  T serving
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 20 min
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Ingredients

  • 1 tsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup tomato ketchup
  • 1 can 14.5 OZ can fire roasted tomato salsa (you may substitute 1 – 14 oz. can tomato sauce)
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar (you may substitute wine vinegar)
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp stone ground mustard
  • 1 tsp chipotle adobe sauce (you can omit or reduce this as needed to desired heat level)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
Instructions
Instructions
Add ingredients (except mustard) and simmer on low about 5 minutes, stirring to incorporate ingredients.
If using canned salsa, remove from heat and use an immersion blender to blend sauce until smooth, or let sauce cool to room temperature then pour into a blender and blend until smooth. (You can skip this step if using tomato sauce.)
Return to pan, add spicy brown mustard and turn heat to medium. Heat through, stirring constantly until reduced to your desired thickness.
Tips
  • This simple barbecue sauce is easy to prepare and comes together quickly.
  • It keeps in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days and freezes nicely to keep for up to 6 months.
  • This barbecue recipe without alterations gives you a medium hotness on the heat scale.
  • We have included variations for those that prefer a milder version. 
K Keeton
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