BBQ Sauce #1

I’m not a fan of store bought BBQ sauces. Making these yourself is so easy that there seems absolutely no point in buying a store bought product. Plus you have the added advantage of being able to tweek your own sauce to suit your taste buds – hotter, sharper, sweeter – it’s in your hands.

Richard Till shares his recipe for BBQ sauce in the Sunday Star Times today.

Here’s the recipe:

  • half a cup of salad oil (he suggests not using your finest olive oil but I think making recipes with only the best ingredients is always well advised)
  • 4 cloves finely minced garlic
  • handful finely minced rosemary
  • 2T mustard powder
  • 2T sweet paprika (personally I’d go easy on this ingredient as I find it quite overpowering if you miscalculate the measure)
  • 1T curry powder
  • 4T sesame oil (leave it out if you don’t have any)
  • 1T soy
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup store bought BBQ sauce (don’t understand this bit and would be tempted to leave this out)

Combine all of these ingredients and brush on anything you intend to BBQ – meat, vegetables, fish – whatever!


  1. Hi Alan I agree that a good barbecue sauce needs to have tomato in it and be home made (only because I have never found a store bought one that rocks). I recently bought a whole lot of American ones home with me and they were all either too bland, too salty or too over the top and no distinctive flavours. Some great packaging though – but I didn’t taste that!
    How about we run a competition to make the best one – tomato season approaches – It’s an idea worth bottling!

  2. lindylou

    Tried this out over Christmqas with a big crowd of family around. Added chilli flakes, marinaded lamb leg steaks and rump steak overnight – awesome! Family then tried same, using chicken thighs, raved! Certainly seemed to tenderise the lamb – will def add this to my ‘keepers’ book.

  3. JP

    Hmm, so I just tried this with some steaks and pork. It came out a bit bland – not helped by buying supermarket meat, and the supermarket BBQ steak – when will I learn not to buy that rubbish?

    Anyway, this recipe needs more zing.

    1. Thanks for giving it a go JP and then giving feedback so quickly. There are a few things that make it not quite right, in my opinion, bearing in mind that I haven’t made this recipe.

      They are:

      – it’s not a tomato base
      – there’s no chili in the recipe
      – it contains store bought BBQ sauce (surely the point of making this is so you don’t need to use store bought product)

      Plus I have reservations on the amount of sweet paprika.

      I might work on using this as a basis, without the items I questioned, and then post the recipe over the summer.

      Sorry this was disappointing for you. Stay tuned.


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