Last spring, we got to spend a couple days with my step-daughter, Laura Rose. I asked her what she’d like to make in the time we had together. Scones? Chicken strips? Surprisingly, she replied, “Is it hard to make BBQ sauce?”. Of course not! We made it right then to go with the chicken strips.
She liked it so much that I decided to make up a special BBQ spice mix as a birthday gift for her.
The original recipe is from Pampered Chef using their BBQ Spice Rub which is awesome. But if you’d like to make your own, here’s what I came up with.
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika (sweet or smoky, your choice)
1 tsp ground cumin
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1-1/2 teaspoons black pepper
Then go ahead and make yourself some BBQ sauce with these simple, fabulous ingredients:
Mix one cup ketchup, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 teaspoons vinegar (I like red wine vinegar), and 2 tablespoons of BBQ spice rub (homemade or Pampered Chef) in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat until heated through.
Remember to store any unused portion in the fridge.