How to Make Texas Roadhouse Barbecue Sauce

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Texas Roadhouse Barbecue Sauce

Sweet and tangy, the Texas Roadhouse barbecue sauce is used as a topping on grilled meats such as pulled pork or ribs. The Texas Roadhouse barbecue sauce recipe is generally available in a bottle on the restaurant's table for guests to enjoy. The sauce mixes a slightly smoky flavor with deep undertones for a satisfying and hearty meat topping. The sauce can be used on meals enjoyed at home to help bring the restaurant flavor to daily meals at a fraction of the cost.

Learning how to make the Texas Roadhouse barbecue sauce is not difficult and the basic recipe uses fairly common ingredients. The sauce can be easily made ahead in batches and stored in the refrigerator for extended periods of time. While the restaurant sells their famous BBQ rubs and flavor-packed seasonings at the restaurant, the sauce is only available for restaurant diners.

Texasroadhouseribs.jpgFlickr: scaredykat
Offered by Texas Roadhouse
Customer service phone 800-TEX-ROAD[1]
Served as Condiment and entree sauce
Main ingredients Tomato paste, oil, honey
Cooking method Stove top
Similar to Logan's Roadhouse BBQ sauce
Author Laura Acevedo

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Texas Roadhouse Barbecue Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. worcestershire sauce[2]
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract[3]
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke[4]
  • 1/8 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

Texas Roadhouse Barbecue Sauce Recipe

  1. Place canola oil in a medium pan and turn on medium high heat.
  2. Add vinegar, water, Worcestershire sauce, honey and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  3. Measure and add onion powder, liquid smoke, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, vanilla and tomato paste.
  4. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly.
  5. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about an hour uncovered until the sauce thickens.[5]
  6. Remove from heat and allow the sauce to cool, unless you will use it immediately.
  7. Put sauce in a jar or squeezable container once sauce is cool.
  8. Place container in refrigerator overnight to enhance flavor if possible.

How to Make Texas Roadhouse Dry Rub

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This recipe is easily customizable based on the ingredients you have on hand. You can substitute whiskey for the vanilla, brown sugar for the sugar and molasses and dried onion or fresh onion for the onion powder. Also, if you prefer a thinner sauce, blend the ingredients together in a blender and skip the cooking process. Use the sauce when grilling meats, or as a table-top sauce. This sauce is also great for making baked BBQ chicken in the oven. The sauce can also do double duty as a dipping sauce for chicken fingers.

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