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Who doesn’t love a good dollop of BBQ sauce over their steak?

Maybe even in their steak sandwich, or as a marinade for meats before they hit the grill? Did you know that BBQ sauce is one of the most used and best loved sauces in the world? Yes, in fact it is and I must say, I personally love BBQ sauces.  If you too like BBQ sauces, you are going to love this post and recipe.

I can simply tell you facts; such as: “Most ready-to-use, store-bought BBQ sauces are not exactly healthy”, as most of those contain high quantities of corn syrup, fructose, preservatives, chemical flavourings….etc. Endless, is the list of risky foods bottled in these tempting little pretty bottles of BBQ sauce. But of course you will be bored and most probably won’t take notice! Or I can simply tell you facts; such as: “Store-bought BBQ sauces are no way near the good flavours of homemade BBQ sauces”. In fact, making your own BBQ sauce allows you to create a uniquely flavoured sauce each time. Yes that is true! BBQ sauces do not have to taste the same every time, nor do they have one flavour or recipe. They can be really anything, from mild, to spicy to sweet, to smoky, to fruity and even bold and herbed…. It can be anything as long as it combines a sweet, savoury and slightly sour profile, it will belong to the category of BBQ sauces.

Whatever I tell you, won’t be enough to convince you that making your own sauces, creating your dishes from scratch and going organic always results in amazing food experiences in terms of flavour and overall experience. The only way that you will be turned is by experience, and I aim to give you as many chances to experience non-processed, homemade and organic goodness from scratch as I possibly can, because I am confident that once you do, you will never look back!

Finally, if I were to describe this sauce to you I would say:

It is very elegantly flavoured; there is not too much of anything, not too spicy nor too bold or too smoky. This recipe produces a multi-layered flavour that compliments meats without overpowering them. You won’t miss it, but you won’t feel like it is the only flavour you can taste. I love this sauce because it is multi-purpose too. I first made it to dress my shredded beef for making Shredded Beef Tacos (recipe links below) and absolutely loved it. Then I used it as a marinade for Beef Ribs for a BBQ. I even used it for an oven roast, and it worked brilliantly every time.


  • 2 tbsp organic vegetable oil
  • 1 organic brown onion, chopped
  • 2 large organic red capsicums, roasted whole, then peeled and chopped
  • 2 organic garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500 g fresh organic tomatoes, peeled and pureed
  • 1 cup homemade organic beef broth (or better homemade brown sauce)
  • 4 tbsp organic mustard
  • 1/4 cup organic red grape vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Organic Cane Molasses Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Organic Cane brown sugar
  • Salt & freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 4 Tasmanian Pfeffer, ground (optional but really recommended)

Makes 2 cups

Start by roasting the capsicums, whole, wrapped in foil paper until tender. Once done, remove from the oven and leave to stand until slightly cooled. Once cool, unwrap and peel the capsicums. Discard the seeds and roughly chop them.

In a medium bowl, mix well together the pureed tomatoes, beef broth, mustard, vinegar, sugars, ground pfeffer and seasoning.

Heat the vegetable oil, in a medium saucepan and saute the chopped onion and garlic until translucent. Add the the tomato mix and stir to incorporate. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low. Leave to simmer uncovered for 40 minutes or until reduced and thickened.

Once done, remove from the heat and blend the sauce to smooth. The sauce is now ready to use as a condiment or marinade.

Keep any extra sauce refrigerated in a clean, airtight container for up to 1 week.

This sauce is not spicy and therefore works well for families with kids. However, feel free to add DS Smoked Shatta for a smoked spicy flavour or DS Red Shatta for a regular spicy flavour.


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