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Bold & Beefy BBQ sauce

This is the recipe for Smokey’s famous Bold & Beefy BBQ sauce!

Many purists (mostly from Texas) say that putting BBQ sauce on meat is a sin. Well, if using sauce is wrong, I don’t want to be right, because boy are these sauces a good match with many BBQ dishes.


You can buy store-bought BBQ sauce at specialty stores (here at Smokey Goodness we recommend the BBQ sauces by Smokey Goodness, obviously), but making your own is much more fun.

The ingredients:

(about 4 cups worth) 

Smokey’s original BBQ sauce 
  • 3⅓ fl oz (100 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 2½ fl oz (75 ml) cola
  • 2½ fl oz (75 ml) apple juice
  • 2 tbsp gluten free soy sauce
  • 1⅔ fl oz (50 ml) worcester sauce
  • 4 tbsp brown caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp molasses (apple syrup as alternative)
  • 1 tbsp tabasco
  • 3 tbsp Beef BBQ rub (see recipe)
  • 17 fl oz (around 2 cups/500 ml) ketchup
  • 3⅓ fl oz (100 ml) honey
  • 3 tbsp balsamic syrup


  • Mortar and pestle
  • Pan
  • Jar or bottle that holds at least 1 L (4 cups)

How to make:

Bold & Beefy BBQ sauce

In a pan, combine the apple cider vinegar, cola, espresso, soy sauce, worcester sauce, caster sugar, molasses, tabasco, beef rub, and balsamic glaze. Bring to boil.


Mix the cornstarch with water in a separate bowl and add to sauce. Bring to boil again if necessary. Add the ketchup, black pepper, cocoa, and honey. Stor while bringing the sauce back up to a near boil and then take the pan off the heat. Allow the sauce to cool completely before transferring to a jar or bottle.


Your Bold & Beefy BBQ sauce keeps up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

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