Going to the grocery store can quickly become a pricey endeavor when you start adding jars of sauces and dips to your cart. And with mile-long ingredient lists that usually start with corn syrup, most of them are more filler than actual ingredients. That doesn’t mean you’re destined to eat bland food, though. You just have to get a little bit creative in your kitchen.
Making ketchup or mayo from scratch might sound like way too much work, but we’ve found some of the easiest recipes out there to ensure you won’t have to whisk an emulsion until your arm falls off. With so few ingredients and such simple methods, you’ll return to these recipes again and again. And they’re so good, you might want to start sneaking them into restaurants. It’s OK; we won’t tell.
1. Homemade BBQ Sauce
Though many sauce recipes rely on slow cooking to develop flavor, this homemade BBQ sauce from Gimme Some Oven packs a punch after just 20 minutes on the stove. Simply whisk together some tomato sauce with agave, molasses, liquid smoke, and a few seasonings, then let it simmer to blend the flavors. It’ll keep for a week in the fridge, but we doubt it will last that long.
- 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
- ⅓ cup honey or agave nectar
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- ¼ cup molasses
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
Directions: Whisk all ingredients together in a medium saucepan. Over medium-high heat, bring mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the sauce has slightly thickened.
Use immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 1 week.