Barbecue sauce from scratch + 2 quick recipes for leftover BBQ chicken

My cousin Molly came over last weekend to make homemade BBQ sauce with me. I cut up a whole chicken by myself (inspired by Autumn Makes and Does and armed with the knowledge from watching several instructional videos; this one was the best).

We grilled the chicken and added the barbecue sauce at the end and it was so good. The next day, this is what Jon and I made with the leftovers:

DIY BBQ sauce

YUM. Cut up the chicken and add extra barbecue sauce, spoon it on a bun. Easy-peasy.

The next day, we made BBQ quesadillas.

(Please use your imagination and visualize the most beautiful quesadilla you’ve ever seen, because it was so good I did not have the presence of mind to take a photo, and for that I apologize).

It goes something like this….stack a flour tortilla with monterey jack cheese + onions (or scallions) + cooked chicken + BBQ sauce + lots of cilantro + more cheese then slap on another flour tortilla. Cook in a well-oiled skillet until the tortilla is crispy and golden brown and delicious. This one took 5 minutes to make for lunch.

I want you to try this homemade barbecue sauce, for real. It’s so easy. It’s made from pantry staples and tastes divine. You’re probably going to want to double it. You might not ever buy the bottled stuff again. I know I won’t.

Barbecue sauce recipe

Recipe courtesy of Real Simple

1 T olive oil
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup molasses (I was out and used extra brown sugar instead and it turned out fine)
2 T brown sugar
2 T dijon mustard
2 t Worcestershire sauce
1 T chili powder
1/4 t cayenne pepper
Salt & pepper
Heat the oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened, 3-5 min.
Add the ketchup, vinegar, molasses, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cayenne, 3/4c water, salt and pepper and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 12 to 15 min.
Sauce will keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks, makes 2 cups.

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