I have a love-hate relationship with BBQ Sauce. Growing up, I was never a fan of BBQ because I didn't really like sauce. I've never been a huge fan of condiments to begin with, so I just couldn't bring myself to appreciate BBQ sauce. However, as I've gotten older I've developed a fondness of BBQ Sauce. Possibly due to my love of Pulled Pork Sandwiches, which just aren't the same without some sauce!
One thing that will never change though is that I do not like vinegar. Never have and never will! Thankfully it's not hard to find a somewhat sweet BBQ sauce being so close to Kansas City. With that being said, I still want a little kick and bite to my BBQ Sauce, and it's hard to find that right balance from a bottle. Enter this basic recipe for BBQ Sauce. What I like about the idea of making your own sauce is that you can make it what you want. Don't want it quite so sweet, limit the amount of honey. Want it a little more spicy - add a little extra hot sauce, or even some peppers. The sky is the limit; make it what you want!
Quick and Easy BBQ Sauce
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup molasses
3 Tablespoons cider vinegar
3 Tablespoons honey
1 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
Salt and Pepper
Whisk together all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Taste and season with additional salt, pepper, honey and/or hot sauce. Store covered, in the refrigerator, for several weeks.
Source: Found on Pink Parsley, slightly adapted from America's Test Kitchen