3 Awesome Honey Barbeque Recipes
With summertime upon us, everyone will be barbequing for the next several months. What a treat it is to not only have all the friends and family together for some fun in the sun, but then to impress them with great homemade barbeque sauce for your favorite meats and poultry? Just delicious! Here are three of the most awesome honey barbeque recipes that will definitely WOW your guests.
1) Southern Style Honey BBQ Sauce
No one does barbeques quite like the southerners and this is one recipe you won’t want to pass up on. Baste ribs, chicken or pork before grilling and save some to brush on after the meat has cooked. The basic sauce recipe includes:
- 1 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1 cup ketchup
- ½ cup raw honey
- ½ cup molasses
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- A few dashes of Tabasco sauce to taste
- ½ to 1 tsp liquid smoke flavoring
Mix all the ingredients together and simmer for about a half hour until the sauce thickens. The key is in the honey. Never use a store-bought shelf honey as the quality and flavor just aren’t right. Choose instead raw honey that has all the natural nutrients and flavors still intact. You may be asking, where do you buy raw honey? You can find high quality raw honey at local health food stores or online and have it shipped directly to your home.
2) Honey BBQ Broiled Chicken Wings
Prepare chicken wings as you would normally for broiling by washing, patting dry and then placing in a broiling pan or cookie sheet. Broil until golden brown, turning midway to brown both sides. Remove from heat and let sit while you prepare the sauce as follows:
- 1 cup honey
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ½ – 1 cup ketchup
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup oil
- 2 to 3 cloves fresh garlic, crushed or minced
Again, the best honey to use is raw honey as all the nutrients are preserved as it hasn’t been processed. From here you can do one of two things. For summer barbeques it’s best to place the wings in a Crock Pot slow cooker and then cover with the sauce you’ve just whipped up and toss until all wings are covered. Let cook on medium to low setting for at least 3 to 4 hours, depending on how many pounds of chicken wings you are cooking. In cooler months you can bake in the oven at 350 degrees for at least 2 hours, or until the meat just begins to fall from the bone.
3) Ginger Variation of Southern Style Honey BBQ Sauce
This particular variation of the Southern Style Honey BBQ Sauce is perfect for those who like a bit of the Orient in their cuisine. The only difference in this sauce is that you omit the smoke flavoring and add approximately 2 to 2 ½ tablespoons of freshly ground ginger. You still simmer the mixture for at least a half hour or until thickened. This is a delightful dipping sauce as well if you are having fried chicken or fried chicken fingers at your barbeque.
Each of these recipes makes some of the best honey BBQ sauce you have ever tasted and with a little bit of trial and error you can add and subtract amounts of some of the ingredients to make these sauces your own. That’s the fun of summer barbequing, so have fun and happy eating!