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How To Make The Most Delicious Sweet Smokey BBQ Sauce

Oh yes, it’s that time again my dear friends… time to fire up the grill and start barbecuing. We love it here, and typically (as the weather warms up) tend to barbecue three to four nights a week. We love to make pizzas, chicken, dessert, fruit, you name it: we’ve probably done it.

Funny story: I’ve actually made pasta & the sauce on the grill! When we were building our home a few years back, we kept a barbecue on site so we weren’t always relying on fast food. One night Clint and I were really craving pasta (and I should probably mention this was in the winter… crazy I know), so we bought a grill-safe frying pan, and an extra large pot for the side burner, and I made Vodka Penne with bacon! I still laugh about that to this day… me… outside… freezing cold in a winter coat, hat, gloves, mitts… barbecuing pasta sauce! So you can see why now I’m a little more enthusiastic about the warm weather.


Barbecue season comes with a whole host of delicious decisions to make such as which food to cook? Vegetarian or Beef? Skewers or steak? So I decided to share with you this pretty versatile BBQ sauce that pairs well with any lighter meats such as chicken, pork chops (or roast), and even turkey! I prepared this delicious Sweet & Smokey Barbecue Sauce in under 10 minutes and let it simmer for abut 30 minutes to really let the flavours meld together. I stored the BBQ sauce in a mason jar in the fridge (when completely cooled) for up to two weeks, but…. well it may not last that long.

Makes 1 Pint (about 2 cups)

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion finely minced
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely minced
  • 8oz can of tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp smokey paprika
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp of chilli powder (optional: if you want to make this spicy)


Over medium heat heat olive oil. Add the onions and garlic. Cook until browned.

Add the tomato sauce, ketchup and brown sugar. Whisk until completely mixed. Add the liquid smoke and paprika (and the chilli powder if using).

Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat so the sauce simmers for about 30 minutes (or longer if you can).

Serve on, or along side your favourite meat or top these delicious Easy Turkey Meatballs.


This also does wonders on pulled pork, or if you’re just using it as a dip on the side. I hope you had a fantastic weekend! What is your favourite thing to grill in the summer? Any favourite recipes you want to share! Comment below!

Have a great week and see you soon! Cheers. 

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