Homemade ketchup and barbecue sauce is really not that time consuming to make. I think I was surprised to realize this the first time I made some. The GMO corn by-products in store bought ketchup really bother my oldest son, who we discovered has a GMO corn intolerance. But even if you don’t have to worry about a gluten or corn allergy, or you don’t notice a reaction to GMO corn, you should still worry about commercial ketchup and barbecue sauce brands. They are loaded with high fructose corn syrup, an ingredient that shouldn’t be part of any healthy family meal plan.
I’m not a fresh tomato chef. This is an easy homemade ketchup recipe made with tomato paste. You might never again buy a bottle of ketchup after you try it. It’s easy and fast. I put a little organic honey (or sometimes maple syrup) in this recipe. Honey is a much better flavor than sugar in ketchup recipes, and if it’s an organic brand, much healthier. It makes my homemade ketchup taste really fantastic.
We’ve got little boys in our house and they’d drink my homemade ketchup straight from the bottle if I let them. Of course, I don’t- ;). One of our boys has to be gluten and corn free. It’s been an adjustment in our house, but we are dealing with it day by day. He once loved Heinz ketchup, but I had to take it away from him when I found out about his severe corn intolerance.
I don’t have to make the ketchup or barbecue sauces too often. We keep them in jars in our refrigerator. My homemade barbecue sauce is a little more time consuming. It uses the ketchup. Together the homemade ketchup and barbecue sauce will take you about 30 minutes to prepare.
These recipes are idiot-proof, I promise, and they taste good too.
Easy Recipe for Homemade Ketchup
Ingredients for homemade ketchup:
2 8 oz. cans of Organic Tomato Paste
1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tablespoons of Lemon or Orange Juice
1/2 teaspoon of Onion Salt
1/2 teaspoon of Garlic Salt
1/4 cup of Honey or Maple Syrup
You can add additional spices, if you’d like.
Directions for homemade ketchup:
Bring ingredients to boil on the stove. Simmer 15 minutes, then take ketchup off heat for 10 minutes. Add water to thin out homemade ketchup as desired. Pour homemade ketchup into a condiment jar and refrigerate. Makes up to 4 cups of ketchup depending on how much water you add.
Easy Recipe for Homemade Barbecue Sauce
Ingredients for homemade barbecue sauce:
1/2 Cup of Easy Ketchup (or your favorite gluten/corn free brand)
1/2 Cup of Organic, corn-free Mustard (we use Whole Kids Organic Mustard found at Whole Foods Market)
1 Cup of brown sugar
2 Cups of broth (best if you make your own*, but you can use a store-bought brand, just read the labels)
2 Tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon or orange
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon of paprika
1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
2 Tablespoons of Bob’s Red Mill Arrowroot Powder to thicken it
Directions for homemade barbecue sauce:
Add all ingredients in a small saucepan except the broth. Mix well. Then add broth*.
*To make your own broth, just put your meat in a dutch-oven pot and fill it with water until the meat is submerged completely. Add garlic cloves and chopped onions, a bay leaf, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper, and other preferred spices if you’d like. Bring contents to a boil and then simmer. When meat is fully boiled (about 45 minutes), you can remove 2 cups of broth for making the barbecue sauce. It is not necessary to let the broth cool. It can be added to ingredients immediately.
Bring contents of saucepan to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. This barbecue sauce can be made without arrowroot starch, but the starch makes it nice and thick. You could probably substitute molasses for the brown sugar, too. This recipe makes approximately 3 1/2 cups and takes about 20 minutes to prepare: 5 minutes to mix ingredients, 15 minutes to simmer on the stove. Just put ingredients into a condiment jar when you are finished and refrigerate.
Tip When Making Homemade Ketchup and Barbecue Sauce:
When you purchase gluten-free baking and cooking ingredients it is best to buy in bulk when available, as some items are much more expensive in smaller quantities and certain items (like arrowroot powder) are used quite frequently to replace cornstarch in quite a few dishes.