Day 17: Honey Garlic Barbecue Sauce

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It drips off of your chin.  You need a pile of napkins and even after using all of them, your shirt sleeve.  You lick every single finger and smack your lips as you push away from the table.

It’s called BBQ sauce…and it’s delicious.

I’ve been wanting to make my own for ages.  Ok, maybe not that long, but for about a year or so.  I had even picked out the recipe that I wanted to try and then at the very last minute {otherwise known as this morning}, I changed my mind.

I wanted the perfect blend of sweet and spicy.  The sugar would be for me. You know me and my love of sweets.  The spice, on the other hand, would be for my husband.  He loves food with a good kick.  I simply had to find a good recipe with the best ratios of these two elements.

And I found it here.

It had molasses, brown sugar, and honey.  It also had cajun seasoning, hot sauce, and a host of other spices.  Can you say perfect?!  It was the blissful marriage of sugar and spice.  (Just like me and Hubs.)

Honey Garlic Barbecue Sauce

Recipe Type: condiments
Author: Heather @ Thrifty
Cook time:
Total time:
Sweet and spicy barbecue sauce with the hint of honey, the kick of hot sauce, and the touch of garlic makes this the perfect recipe.
  • 2 c. ketchup
  • 1 garlic bulb, peeled, crushed, and diced
  • 1 c. water
  • 2 Tbsp. hot sauce
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. molasses
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 1 pinch paprika
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper
  • 1 pinch ground white pepper
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1/2 c. butter
  1. In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients except CORNSTARCH, the Tbsp WATER, and BUTTER. Stir over medium heat. Simmer for about 30 minutes.
  2. While mixture simmers, dissolve cornstarch in the Tbsp. of water in a small bowl. Add a little more water if necessary. Once all of the cornstarch is dissolved and the 30 minutes has passed, add the cornstarch mixture to the saucepan. Stir. Simmer this for 15 minutes.
  3. Stir butter into the saucepan. Continue to stir and simmer for 15 more minutes or until the butter is fully melted, incorporated, and just beginning to thicken. Mix well.
  4. Store in fridge or freeze until needed.


Ever since making my Sausage and Veggie Breakfast Casserole and my Homemade Crockpot Potato Soup, I’ve fallen in love with garlic bulbs.

Just between you and me, I had a near miss of completely ruining my potato soup when I came close to adding 10 bulbs instead of 10 cloves of garlic.  Almost.  Whew!  For those of you who may be like me (clueless about garlic bulbs), there’s a huge difference.  It was one those rare moments when my reasoning skills totally belied my hair color.

Deep down, blondes are really brilliant, you know.

In spite of the averted potato soup incident, I’m growing rather fond of this bulb.  I use them all the time now (you know,all those ten bulbs).  So if someone wants to share with my husband about that garlic press that I want and how it really is a necessity, I’d truly appreciate it. 😉

I’m going to freeze some of the sauce in portion sizes.  It will be perfect for crockpot recipes and baked meat recipes this winter.

Want to try the best bbq sauce ever?   Ever compared your marriage to condiments?  Come on, tell the truth.  You love garlic bulbs too, don’t you?  I’d be very interested to know.


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One thought on “Day 17: Honey Garlic Barbecue Sauce

  1. Christina

    yes, you need a garlic press! The pampered chef one is great. (I think you need to find a Pampered Chef rep and have a party so you can get some free products – apple slice, garlic press – 2 things I use 2-3 times a week.)

    and we LOVE fresh garlic. so cheap at Aldi too – like $0.69/3 cloves. I add it in almost everything.

    and this sauce – sounds delicious! Pinning it (again – I think I have pinned your whole series!) to try 🙂


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