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Aaron Franklin is an icon in the BBQ world so when I was looking for a classic barbecue sauce, I knew to look to him for inspiration. This Texas-style, Franklin-inspired BBQ Sauce is just about perfect. There are several versions of his recipe on the internet and I suppose I'm adding to the collection!
Barbecue is a whole thing. It's a whole thing that I really don't even scratch a single bit at all. There are masters of BBQ and it is a lifestyle for many. I don't count myself in their camp, but I DO love it, And I love a good BBQ Sauce. Aaron Franklin and his Texas style BBQ sauce has inspired many people. I'm not ashamed to be one of them.
I start with sauteeing onions and garlic, then I add in ketchup, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and a little brown sugar.
Notes on the ketchup
I have a recipe for homemade ketchup here on my site, but if you choose to buy it, be sure to look for one without high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives, and additives. There are several brands that are good ... you just have to search them out!
What spices do you use in your Franklin-inspired BBQ Sauce?
I keep it simple with chili powder and paprika and of course, salt and pepper. And at the end, I throw in a good dollop of Dijon mustard, whir it all in the blender, and serve it up.
How to use Franklin-inspired BBQ Sauce
I love BBQ sauce on a grilled burger! You can serve it with brisket, ribs, grilled or smoked chicken, grilled sausages ... really on just about any meat! You should also try putting some in a pot of beans!
Other recipes you might like:
Franklin-inspired BBQ Sauce
- ½ yellow onion diced
- 4 cloves garlic chopped small
- oil for sauteeing
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 cups ketchup homemade or organic
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 3 Tablespooons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- In a medium saucepan, saute the onions over medium heat till they are soft, 8-10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook till it softens, about 30 seconds.
- Add the apple cider vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard. Stir to mix and cook until the brown sugar is dissolved.
- Add the chili powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Cook until the sauce is the thickness that you want.
- Transfer the sauce to the jar of a blender and blend until smooth.
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