Barbecue Spices & Barbecue Sauce


Barbecue Spice Mix & Barbecue Sauce

We all love a good roast, a barbecue and a fry-up and there is no better accompanient than BBQ sauce.
Certainly nothing tastes better than a home made one, so here is a barbecue sauce which I conjured up for our traditional 6th of May St. George's Roast.
Making this sauce is quick, tasty and easy, using ingredients that shouldn't be hard to come by.
I believe you'll love the end result.
Prep Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: World
Keyword: barbecue, Burger, ribs, sauce, spice mix
Servings: 50
Cost: 2-3 Euro/US$


  • spice grinder or coffee grinder
  • Sauce Pan
  • Jar for storing


  • 1 tbsp cumin seed
  • ½ tbsp black pepper corns whole, use ½ tbsp if ground pepper is used instead
  • ¼ tbsp rosemary – dried use whole dried leafs. If using ground rosemary then use less.
  • 1 tbsp nutmeg – ground
  • 1 tbsp thyme same as for rosemary
  • ½ tbsp dill seed or caraway seed. They are very similar in taste
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder this is easier than using fresh garlic but feel free to use this instead
  • ½ tbsp all spice – whole use less if ground spice is used
  • ¼ tbsp cloves – whole again use less if ground cloves are used
  • ½ tbsp coriander seeds
  • ½ tbsp oregano I used Greek organic wild, which has a much more powerful (almost peppery) taste than store bought. So feel free to use more
  • 1 tbsp coarse salt use less if granulated salt is to be used
  • 1 ½ tbsp sweet paprika – ground Hungarian paprika is best
  • 1 tsp chili flakes be careful. some flakes are spicier than others
  • ½ tsp cinnamon – ground too much can become overpowering very quickly. Add little by little.


  • To make life easy we will first blend all the spices together. There will be enough spice mix for a very large jar of Barbecue sauce.
    Put all ingredients into a spice blender or coffee grinder and blend to a powdery mix. Store in a sealed jar and in a dry cool place.
    That's your spice mix sorted.
  • Now we'll make the sauce.
    In the 'NOTES' section below I have listed all the other ingredients and quantities
    First chop your onions.
    Then, poor some vinegar into a sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Add the onions and tomato puree. Then, while stirring add the oil, sugar, soy sauce, coffee, bay leaf, mustard, tomatoes and water.
    Stir continuously so not to make the sauce stick to the bottom while it thickens.
  • Add the spice mix and (if you like) a drop or two of liquid smoke.
    Continue to simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Taste and adjust according to your liking. Star anise can be added for an extra note to your sauce.
    Note; The taste will intensify as the sauce cools.


 Ingredients for the sauce: Makes 8 portions
1 tbsp of the above spice mix
3 tbsp tomato paste/puree (double concentrated)
½ tbsp cane sugar
1¼ tbsp vinegar (white)
1 tsp olive oil (extra virgin) + 1 tsp (grainy) mustard
1 tsp soy sauce (dark)
1 tsp coffee (granulated)
1 drop liquid smoke (optional)
1 bay leaf
1 star anise (optional)
1 small onion (very finely diced)
3-4 cherry tomatoes or one normal sized tomato (quartered).
1 cup water

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans


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