El Paso BBQ Sauce

This El Paso BBQ Sauce recipe is a super easy way to make your own homemade BBQ Sauce. Ready in about 30 minutes.

el paso bbq sauce

This El Paso BBQ Sauce is better than any store-bought BBQ sauce. If not better than what you get from your local grocery store, it’s equally as good.

ingredients for bbq sauce in saucepan simmering
Ingredients Simmering in Saucepan

BBQ Sauce has gotten a bit expensive in grocery stores so why not make your own at home for a fraction of the cost? I mean we all like to save money right?

el paso bbq sauce

I realize that the list of ingredients for this recipe seems a little weird for a BBQ Sauce. It has the usual ingredients like Ketchup, Vinegar and Worcestershire Sauce. But Celery and Bay Leaves? Why not…

el paso bbq sauce

Once the BBQ Sauce is done simmering and the solids have been strained in a colander, the sauce will still be “watery”. This is normal and should thicken up a little as it cools down. It may take several hours for the sauce to totally cool down.

A reduction is when you simmer or boil a liquid until the desired consistency is reached. Once the boiling begins, the liquid will go down (that’s the reduction part), usually leaving a line of residue that circles the interior of your pot. This is a good indication for you to tell if you are at your goal or if you should continue boiling.

bbq chicken quesadilla
Shredded Chicken in El Paso BBQ Sauce Quesadilla

If the sauce still doesn’t have the consistency you were hoping for, you can use some all purpose flour or a cornstarch slurry to thicken it up but keep in mind that “Texas” style BBQ sauce is usually thinner than most others.

bbq sauce with chicken quesdaillas
El Paso BBQ Sauce with BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

This BBQ Sauce has a nice sweet and tangy flavor to it. Since the consistency of this sauce is on the thin side, it makes it perfect for tossing with some shredded chicken or great for basting chicken on the grill.

bbq sauce with chicken quesadillas
BBQ Sauce for Chicken Quesadillas

You will need the following ingredients to make this El Paso BBQ Sauce recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Ketchup, Apple Cider Vinegar, White Sugar, Chili Powder, Salt, Water, Celery Stalks, Bay Leaf, Garlic Cloves, Yellow Onion, Unsalted Butter, Worcestershire Sauce, Paprika and Ground Black Pepper.

  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer about 15 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and strain. Store sauce in a mason jar or bottle.

Printable Recipe Card

El Paso BBQ Sauce

El Paso BBQ Sauce

This El Paso BBQ Sauce recipe is a super easy way to make your own homemade BBQ Sauce. Ready in about 30 minutes.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Cool Time 2 hours
Total Time2 hours 30 minutes
Course BBQ Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 32
Calories 25 kcal

Equipment

  • Colander

Ingredients
 

  • 1 Cup Ketchup
  • ½ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 ¼ Tsp White Sugar
  • 1 ¼ Tsp Chili Powder
  • Tsp Salt
  • 1 ½ Cups Water
  • 2 Celery Stick, chopped
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 2 Tbsp Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 4 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 4 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ Tsp Paprika
  • Tsp Ground Black Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and strain. Store sauce in a mason jar or bottle.

Notes

→ Contrary to popular belief, a whole head of celery is called a stalk and a single “stick” from the stalk is called a rib. Since most call a rib of celery “stalk”, I use the term Celery Stick to try and avoid any confusion.

Nutrition

Serving: 2TbspCalories: 25kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 101mgPotassium: 45mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 133IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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  1. James says:

    This El Paso BBQ Sauce is one of the best I have ever made. The chili powder that is in this recipe gives it that little extra kick. Not too sweet just right.