Monday, March 26, 2012

I Improved My Copycat Recipe!

Copycat Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce

I've been on a quest to copy my favorite BBQ sauce...'Sweet Baby Ray's', 
which I showed you in the blog post for Sweet & Smokey BBQ Sauce...
Well, I made that recipe again last night and I think I've come even closer to my goal!
I think this is as close as I'm going to get! Here is my revised recipe... 




Copycat Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce
Copycat Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce

INGREDIENTS:  
 1-6 oz. can tomato paste
1 1/2 cups water
1&1/2 Tbls. canned pineapple juice
1/2 heaping tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
3/4 tsp. liquid smoke
1/4 cup white vinegar
3/4 Tbls. fresh squeezed lemon juice
4 Tbls. molasses
3 Tbls. light corn syrup
3 Tbls. brown sugar
3 Tbls. cold water + 1 Tbls. corn starch for slurry to thicken sauce

DIRECTIONS;
In a medium size saucepan over medium heat, mix together all ingredients except for the slurry.
Cook and stir til well combined and heated through.
Allow mixture to boil, stirring often.
Reduce heat to a simmer and let cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Then add in the slurry. Stir and cook about another 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and let cool.
Pour into glass jar and refridgerate until ready to use.

This was so good that I decided to use it as a condiment for some nachos! I made BBQ Nachos with cheddar cheese! This was a delicious snack! All I did was spread some tortilla chips on a microwave safe dish and sprinkle them with a generous amount of my homemade BBQ sauce. Then I sprinkled on a generous amount of shredded cheddar cheese. I microwaved it on high for about 30 seconds to melt the cheese! My family was very happy with this quick little snack creation! 

BBQ Nachos
BBQ Nachos

32 comments:

  1. I love homemade bbq sauce! Thank you for sharing this one - bookmarked :)

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    1. Great! Let me know what you think of it! =)

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    2. this one is different The one i make is matchup water + corn starch, pinch of cumin, paprika, drop of liquid smoke, and vinegar cook slowly until thicken. Lately i am using 1/4 teaspoon of organic soy sauce. … less things to use. i just try and check to see if I like it.

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    3. Sounds like a nice easy recipe! I'm not a huge ketchup fan, so I try to avoid using it as a main ingredient if possible. Thanks for showing me your recipe Celia! I appreciate that! =D

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  2. This is a grate bbq sauce. I did add 1/8tsp ground cumin to it this seemed to be the only ingredient I think you will find it tease even more like baby ray's with it.

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    1. Thank you so much...I'll have to try that next time I make it!

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  3. You say pour into glass containers. Can you use the plastic bottles from bbq sauce or salad dressing you've cleaned?

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    1. Yes, you can definitely use plastic. Just make sure to clean it really well so that the item that was in the container previously doesn't change the taste of the BBQ sauce. Please let me know how you like this when you make it! Thanks! =D

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  4. could honey be used instead of corn syrup?

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    1. Yes, I think that would work also! Let me know how it turns out! Thank you! =D

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  5. i doubled my recipe but it was so thin i added 2 cups of catsup to thicken it up....flavor still as great

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    1. Hi Randy! I'm so surprised that the slurry didn't thicken the sauce. But I'm so glad you liked it! Thank you so much for trying it and for letting me know! That is always very appreciated!

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    2. This may sound dumb, but what is slurry & where do you find it? Thank you.

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    3. No, that's not dumb at all. A slurry is a mixture of cold water and cornstarch. It use for thickening sauces. You'll see it listed in my recipe and the directions. But I will edit my recipe to make that easier to understand. Thank you for asking because that's how I know what I need to correct in my write-ups. I hope you'll try this recipe! =D

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  6. how long will this keep in the fridge for?

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    1. Mine is always gone within about 7 days, so I know it lasts at least that long.

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  7. You can put sauce in plastic water bottles with out different flavors messing up the taste will keep for aweek

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    1. That's a great idea! I never think to re-use my water bottles! Thanks mentioning that! =D

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  8. I use an empty ketchup bottle :)

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    1. Oh, that's a good idea too! I have the squirt ketchup bottles which is perfect for this. Thanks! =D

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  9. Love it :) Can this be processed in canning jars?

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    1. Thanks! I'm not sure about canning this because I
      don't do canning. But if you do, please let me know. Thanks =D

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    2. Ball Canning says to process homemade bbq sauce in a boiling water bath for 20 minutes, adjusting for altitude (i.e. high altitude). Here is the link I referenced:

      http://www.freshpreserving.com/recipe.aspx?r=138

      Cannot wait to try this recipe!! The bottle sauce is also my personal favorite!! :)

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    3. Thank you for the link R&D...Someday I will try canning/jarring. I just don't have room to store all the jars. Please let me know how you liked my recipe! Thanks! =D

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  10. Thanks for sharing as the store brand has High Fructose Corn Syrup and I refuse to by any products that contains that ingredient. I used Agave Syrup instead of corn syrup and it turned out well.

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    1. That's great Gary! It's good to know that agave syrup works also! Thank you so much for trying it and commenting! =D

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  11. What do you or others suggest using to lower the sugar & carb count in this but still keep the flavor & texture? I am diabetic and have congestive heart failure so I need to watch the carbs & sodium but I can't find any other bbq sauce that I like as much as Sweet Baby Rays. I would love to make it myself so I can control the ingredients.

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    1. I'm not too sure how to convert this recipe to sugar free without changing the taste and texture. especially since it's a copy of Sweet Baby Ray's. But I know that Splenda make a granulated brown sugar that you can use in this recipe instead of regular. And maybe you can use sugar free pancake syrup instead of molasses and corn syrup? I hope you'll try my suggestions and let me know how it works! =D

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  12. Vinegar and salt are a preservative so it will keep just like any other bbq sauce you use. And you can buy this sauce with honey so it stands to reason that you could use honey in place of the corn syrup. I plan to try this this weekend and if I like it I will be canning it so I will have it on hand for my use and for gift baskets. Thank you for this recipe and all the others I have used.

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    1. Thank you so much for the info Rosey! That is really good to know. I hope you like this! Please let me know! =D

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  13. Sweet Baby Ray's is my favorite BBQ sauce, too...but I love the "Sweet and Spicy" one. Can I use this recipe and exclude the liquid smoke and just add heat (like cayenne), or would it need to be entirely different?

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    1. I never tried the Sweet & Spicy one, but I would just reduce the amount of liquid smoke to maybe 1/4 tsp. and add cayenne to taste. You may also want to reduce the lemon juice and vinegar to bring out the sweet flavor a little more. Please let me know how it works out for you. Thanks! =D

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