If you have a bottle of store-bought barbecue sauce in your fridge, then please. Let me help you. My super simple homemade barbecue sauce recipe might just turn you around on the bottled stuff forever.
This sauce I whipped up was so good I didn’t even get a picture of it before it was gone. It looks like barbecue sauce. It is absolutely insane on meatloaf.
Project Meatloaf Barbecue Sauce
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 3 Tbsp molasses
- 1 Tbsp packed dark brown sugar
- 2 tsp chili garlic sauce
- 1/8 tsp hot smoked paprika
Mix ingredients together in a small saucepan. Simmer over low heat until thickened, about 8 minutes, stirring frequently.
That’s it! Now, what to put it on?
Anything you put barbecue sauce on, but it is killer on meatloaf. Brush it on thickly 15 minutes into its cooking time, then again 15 minutes later.
When the meatloaf is done, brush on one more layer and place the loaf 6 inches from the broiler element, set to high, until glaze is bubbly and beginning to darken in color, about 3 minutes.
Next Time Challenge:
Almost every time I make something, I think of another ingredient I don’t have on hand that I desperately want to try in the recipe. Who wants to try it out with these additions and report back?
- Add a couple of drops of liquid smoke.
- Substitute standard ketchup for this mind-blowing roasted red pepper ketchup.