How To Thicken BBQ Sauce In 9 Quick And Easy Ways

Barbecue sauce is certainly one of the most delicious sauces out there, and it easily belongs to everyone’s shortlist. It adds a whole different kind of goodness of spice and delicious taste that will take your meats, soups, and sandwiches to the next level.

There are different types of Barbecue sauce. Whether it's homemade or commercial, the base taste stays the same. How they differ depends on their thickness, and usually, the thicker they get, the tastier they become. This abundant goodness is what makes your barbecue sauce tricky.

Read through, as you will learn the nine quick and easy ways to thicken your barbecue sauce.

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Reasons Why We Should Thicken BBQ Sauce

There are a number of reasons. First, thicker barbecue sauce will bind better to whatever you are trying to apply it into. The thicker sauce will be more likely to coat the meat more thoroughly.

Why We Should Thicken

Second is when you want to make barbecue sandwiches of chopped pork or a brisket sandwich. If you don’t make your barbecue sauce thick, your sandwich will end up being such a mess that it will break up when you just only take hold of it.

How To Thicken Your Barbecue Sauce

Some ingredients can create a thick consistency in the sauce. However, there are also many ways how to thicker consistency. Here are the following tips you can apply:

1. Remove Excess Water In Your Sauce

Remove Excess Water In Your Sauce

Some ingredients can create a thick consistency in the sauce. However, there are also many ways how to thicker consistency. Here are the following tips you can apply:

Step 1:  Pour your barbecue sauce in a pan at medium heat

Step 2: Leave it in until it boils

Step 3:Once it boils, put it in a low heat.

Step 4: Decide how thick you would want your sauce to get. The more it boils in a low heat and the more water it evaporates, the thicker it becomes.

2. Use Flour

If you have used the first method of removing excess water, and you are still not convinced of the thickness of you barbecue sauce, you can do the next way of adding flour.

You Need:

  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • ¼ cup of water

Step 1: Put your flour in a bowl.

Water In Your Sauce

Step 2: Mix your water and flour. Mix them thoroughly until there are no lumps left.

Step 3: Put your barbecue sauce in a heated pan.

Step 4: Put it in medium heat.

Step 5: Mix the flour-water mixture to your barbecue sauce.

Step 6: Stir.

Step 7: Once it boils, put the heat into low.

Step 8: Stir for 2 minutes.

3. Use Cornstarch

Using cornstarch to make your barbecue sauce thicker is pretty much the same as using flour. But in this method, you only need a tablespoon of cornstarch, and it is ideal to use cold water.

What You Need:

  • 1 cup of barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon of cold water

Directions:

Step 1: Put your starch in a bowl.

Step 2: Mix your water and starch. Mix them thoroughly until there are no lumps left.

Step 3: Put your barbecue sauce in a heated pan.

Excess  In Your Sauce

Step 4: Put it in medium heat. Once it boils, put it in low heat.

Step 5: Mix the starch-water mixture to your barbecue sauce.

Step 6: Stir.

Step 7: Once it boils, put the heat in to low.

Step 8: Stir to 4 minutes.

4. Use Butter

The methods listed above can make your barbecue sauce without adding extra flavors to it, but there are several ingredients you can use to make your barbecue sauce thick and will add flavor or texture to it as well.

use Butter

One of those ingredients is the butter, which can add a faint but distinct touch because of the balance of its fat and water. Organic butter is ideal in this method, and also you should want to avoid using margarine.

Step 1: Melt the butter in a heated pan

Step 2: Put your barbecue sauce.

Step 3: Put it in medium heat once it boils, turn the heat into low.

Step 4: Stir until desired consistency is obtained.

5. Use Heavy Cream

Another ingredient you can use is Heavy Cream; heavy cream can come from several sources like cow or goat’s milk. The heavy cream will surely make your barbecue sauce thick and will add to the overall richness of taste.

 Sauce In 9 Quick And Easy Ways

Step 1: Put your barbecue sauce in a heated pan

Step 2: Put it in medium heat once it boils, turn the heat into low

Step 3: Put your heavy cream until desired thickness is achieved.

Step 4: Stir

Step 5: Once it boils, put the heat in to low

Step 6: Stir for 1 minute and simmer.

6. Use Brown Sugar

Brown sugar can definitely add thickness to your barbecue sauce and as well as adding a tasty and sweet flavor in it.

Use Brown Sugar

Step 1: Put your barbecue sauce in a pan at low heat.

Step 2: Sprinkle some brown sugar into the sauce until the desired sweetness is achieved.

Step 3: Stir until it becomes thicker.

7. Use Ketchup And Tomato Paste

Another ingredient you can add to your barbecue sauce is ketchup or tomato paste. These two components work like the cornstarch or flour in making your barbecue sauce thick.

Use Ketchup And Tomato Paste

If the sweet barbecue sauce is not your taste, you can go this route and make slightly sour one, or better still, you can use sugar and tomato paste to create a sweet and sour barbecue sauce.

Step 1: Put your barbecue sauce in the pan at medium heat.​

Step 2: Add some ketchup and tomato paste.

Step 3: Stir until it becomes thicker.

8. Use Fiber From Vegetables

Vegetables may be an odd choice, but it has lots of fiber that add a lot of bulk, which makes the barbecue sauce thicker. The way to do this is making a puree out of your vegetables.

Use Fiber From Vegetables

Some of the vegetables that you can use are tomatoes, potatoes eggplants, and pepper. If pureed or mashed properly, these vegetables surely make your barbecue sauce thick of flavor and also extra nutritional.

You Can Use:

  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Eggplants
  • Others you prefer

Directions:

Step 1: Put your barbecue sauce in a pan at medium heat.

Step 2: Put the vegetables’ fiber into the pan.

Step 3: Stir and simmer until desired thickness is achieved.

9. Use Dried Apricots

Using dried Apricots can also thicken your barbecue sauce, but I put it down here as the last item because Dried Apricots may not be readily available in your kitchen and may need you to purchase them in your local store. Regardless, dried Apricots adds a thick texture and a fruity taste in your Barbecue Sauce.

Use Dried Apricots

Step 1: Chop your dried apricots finely.

Step 2: Put them into the pan at medium heat.

Step 3: let them cook until they soften.

Step 4: Put your barbecue sauce in another pan at medium heat.

Step 5: Mix your barbecue sauce and the apricots.

Step 6: Stir and simmer.

Conclusion

Barbecue sauce is certainly one of the most delicious and famous kinds of sauce out there. The thicker barbecue sauce, the better your sauce will be. Thick barbecue sauce makes your meat tastier and your sandwich better.

There are simple methods on how to thicken BBQ Sauce, you can simply add flour, cornstarch or you can just simply boil and evaporate excess water. You can also add several ingredients like butter, heavy cream, sugar, tomato paste, pureed vegetables, or dried apricots.

If you find this article informative and fun, feel free to spread them to your friends, so they can also enjoy thick and delicious barbecue sauce. If you have questions kindly address them in the comments section below. Suggestions and recommendations are also welcome and much appreciated.

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Hi there! My name is Cindy Mari and cooking is definitely my passion. I love looking for interesting topics about cooking and share them with everyone. Aside from being passionate about cooking, I am also a foodie at heart.

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