How to Make BBQ Sauce Taste Less Like Vinegar

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How to Make BBQ Sauce Taste Less Like Vinegar
Barbecue sauce goes well with almost any type of meat. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Barbecue sauce was originally made mostly of vinegar and was used primarily to preserve meat. Today, many barbecue sauce recipes are tomato-based and contain a mixture of herbs, spices and much lower amounts of vinegar than original recipes. While barbecue sauce now contains less vinegar, it often still enough to give it a bitter bite, a characteristic which some may find undesirable.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Tomato sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Add 1 tsp of tomato sauce, 1 tsp of brown sugar and 1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce to every 2 cups of BBQ sauce. Stir the mixture until thoroughly combined.

  2. 2

    Taste a small sample of the BBQ sauce. Determine whether or not the vinegar flavour is still too strong.

  3. 3

    Add more tomato sauce, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce if necessary. Continue to sample the BBQ sauce as you make adjustments. Due to the increased volume of sauce, it may also be desirable to season the sauce with more salt and pepper.

Tips and warnings

  • If the sauce is not tomato-based, simply add more of the main ingredient until you get the desired results. Keep in mind that mustard-based and vinegar-based sauces will almost certainly retain their strong vinegar flavour unless you dramatically change the recipe.

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