Usually I am not a big fan of any types of BBQ sauce, I only use it when making ribs and use it as a marinade, but I do have friends and family that do like to have a sauce with their grilled meat and it is a very common thing here in Germany.
I have made several different recipes over the years and mostly I find them too vinegary on the taste, this one however I found was a Heston recipe and I made it and then it was so sour I had to adjust it heavily and in the end I had a BBQ sauce that people were drooling over. Too bad that I never wrote down what I was putting in. Sometimes that is a typical me, cooking with a feeling and knowledge that it should taste good.
Anyway, I made a second batch based on Heston’s recipe and I could seriously drink this out of the bottle it is so good, but then that is only my opinion, try it for yourselves!!
Half a tsp ground ginger
1 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp oil
1 shallot, finely chopped
150 ml cider vinegar
250 g demerara sugar
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp golden syrup
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Mix the dry ingredients, ginger, mustard powder and smoked paprika in a bowl with a whisk.
Pour the oil in a frying pan on a medium heat and add the chopped shallot and fry it until golden and nicely caramelised. Then add the passata and cook for 5 minutes before adding the dried spice mix, vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, golden syrup and garlic.
Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for another 5 minutes or until you have a nice sauce consistency.
Using a hand blender or small blender blitz the sauce until it as smooth as possible. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and push it through a sieve to remove any bits of garlic and shallot and this of course makes the sauce really silky.
When it has cooled you can pour the barbecue sauce into a freezer bag or what I usually do is sterilize a ketchup or sauce bottle depending on size and then pour the BBQ sauce in and hey presto, you have a great BBQ sauce!
This also makes a very good marinade for ribs or chicken.