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Texas Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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Get ready for a real Texas barbecue sauce recipe!

Texas, a mysterious place to outsiders. Rich in history and great barbecue traditions. They say everything's bigger in Texas, and this sauce is no exception: it's big on flavor.

Now I know that some people think there's no such thing as "Texas barbecue sauce" because some barbecue joints like Kreuz Market and others have a "no sauce policy". Trust me, there's plenty of barbecue sauce in Texas and you're about to discover how to make a great one!

Not Your Typical Barbecue Sauce

This recipe makes a sauce that's different than most others you may have had. This sauce has huge flavor that packs a punch. It's spicy, with a nice bit of tang from the vinegar and lemon juice.

This sauce is not really for brushing on meats at the end of your cook like most sauces, (although you can, just go easy with it) it's a sauce that you drizzle on meats before serving. (If you're looking for a barbecue sauce to brush on your food at the end of your cook, check out my barbecue sauce recipes page).

This Texas barbecue sauce goes extremely well with beef brisket. That's really what it was made for, it enhances the great, beefy flavor perfectly. It's a match made in heaven!

Some Texans like a barbecue sauce that's just meat drippings laced with cayenne, maybe a shot of lemon juice or vinegar for some zing. Sometimes beer or fresh chilies and an onion are thrown in. This is a thin sauce that resembles a barbecue mop.

The Texas barbecue sauce recipe below is a thicker, heartier sauce with lots of Texas flavor.

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Texas Barbecue Sauce Recipe

  • 1-2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 fresh Serrano chili diced
  • 4 large garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 cup chili sauce or ketchup
  • 3/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup fresh brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup water or beef broth
  • 1/3 cup dark molasses
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin seed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat a medium sized saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. When the pan is hot, add the oil, onion and Serrano chili. Cook until onion start to brown. About 7-10 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cook, stirring often for about a minute, until the garlic is fragrant.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients to the saucepan and bring the sauce to a simmer.
  5. Cover the sauce pan and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Uncover the pan and allow the sauce to cool a little.
  7. Transfer the sauce to a blender and puree until smooth.

This sauce is best served warm. It's fantastic on barbecue beef brisket and barbecue beef brisket sandwiches. It keeps for several weeks in the refrigerator. 

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