Emeril's Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Try This Sauce to Make Your Summer BBQ Sizzle!

GMA Recipes
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Add some sauce to your sizzle with this homeade barbecue sauce from chef Emeril Lagasse.


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 4 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons cane syrup
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons red hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Emeril's Original Essence or Creole Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper, crushed, or more to taste
  • Cooking Directions

    Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

    Add all the remaining ingredients, and bring to a boil.

    Lower the heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened and the flavors have married, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

    Note: Any unused sauce can be stored in an air-tight nonreactive container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

    Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, from Emeril at the Grill, Harper Studio Publisher, New York, 2009, courtesy MSLO, Inc.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: ketchup, sugar, vinegar, onion, mustard

    Course: Sauces and marinades

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