How to Thicken BBQ Sauce in 9 Different Ways

How to Thicken BBQ Sauce in 9 Different Ways

Ah! The smell of pork, beef, and ​chicken meat in a grilling machine. That drizzling sound you hear when you turn the meat over. Those mouthwatering, delicious, appetizing, savory pieces of meats on a stick you simply can’t get enough! Any barbecue smoke that hits your nostril will surely make your tummy rumbles. And the taste? Heavenly! But surely you can add more!

How to Thicken BBQ Sauce in Nine Different Ways

While some people prefer thin, liquid-y barbecue sauce, many want to add texture and find ways on how to thicken BBQ Sauce. Mostly, because thick barbecue sauce can add a powerful kick of flavor and will make you enjoy your barbecue festival more. Also, when you coat the meat with a thick barbecue sauce it will stick and spread evenly on the meat. Unlike thin sauces that usually drops and evaporates easily.

Anyway, I know you are excited about the techniques, so here they are!

Several Ways on How to Thicken BBQ Sauce

1. Removing Excess Water

This first method is the simplest and easiest one on how to thicken BBQ Sauce. There are no other ingredients needed for this method since removing extra ingredients will do the job properly.

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What you will need

  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Heating Pan

Instructions

  • 1
    Set pan over medium heat.
  • 2
    Pour barbecue sauce in the pan.
  • 3
    Stir until boiling.
  • 4
    Set pan in low heat.
  • 5
    Stir sauce consistently until desired thickness is obtained.

2. Using Flour

Flour is usually underrated by most people. Little do they know, flour has so many uses they do not even know. And that includes adding some thickness to your BBQ sauce. Also if you want your BBQ sauce’s flavor to remain flour is all you need.

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What you will need

  • ¼ cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 cup of your barbecue sauce
  • Mixing bowl
  • Heating pan

Instructions

  • 1
    In the mixing bowl, put the 2 tablespoons of flour.
  • 2
    Pour in the ¼ cup of water in the mixing bowl and mix thoroughly until there are no more lumps.
  • 3
    In the heating pan, put the 1 cup of your barbecue sauce.
  • 4
    Set over medium heat.
  • 5
    Mix the water and flour mixture with your barbecue sauce.
  • 6
    Continuously stir the mixture.
  • 7
    Once the mixture is boiling, put it on low heat.
  • 8
    Stir the mixture again for two more minutes.

3. Using Cornstarch

Like flour, cornstarch can be used to make your barbecue sauce thicker. Overall, the process is almost the same, however, the ingredients only differ. Cornstarch is also used for the only purpose of thickening the sauce but not adding flavors to it.

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What you will need

  • 1 tablespoon of cold water ( If you do not use cold water, it will result in lumps when mixed with cornstarch)
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 1 cup of your barbecue sauce
  • Mixing bowl
  • Heating pan

Instructions

  • 1
    In the mixing bowl, put the 1 tablespoon of cornstarch.
  • 2
    Add the 1 tablespoon of water in the mixing bowl and mix thoroughly until there are no more lumps.
  • 3
    In the heating pan, put the 1 cup of your barbecue sauce.
  • 4
    Set over medium heat.
  • 5
    Mix the water and flour mixture with your barbecue sauce.
  • 6
    Continuously stir the mixture.
  • 7
    Once the mixture is boiling, put it on low heat.
  • 8
    Stir the mixture again for four more minutes.

4. Using Butter

Butter is an ingredient that can add thickness to your barbecue sauce and a little flavor and texture as well. You will taste a distinct creaminess due to its fat and water balance.

How to Thicken BBQ Sauce in Nine Different Ways

What you will need

  • Organic Butter (Avoid using Margarine.)
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Heating Pan

Instructions

  • 1
    In the heating pan, melt butter.
  • 2
    Once butter is melted, add the barbecue sauce.
  • 3
    Set to medium heat and stir mixture.
  • 4
    Once the mixture is boiling, set to low heat.
  • 5
    Continuously stir mixture until you obtain desired thickness and consistency.

5. Using Sugar

It is known that if you want to add thickness to your barbecue sauce, you can always add sugar. Also, it does not only add thickness but also adds in just the right amount of sweetness to your barbecue sauce.

How to Thicken BBQ Sauce in Nine Different Ways

What you will need

  • Brown Sugar
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Heating Pan

Instructions

  • 1
    Set pan in low heat.
  • 2
    Pour the barbecue sauce in the pan.
  • 3
    Sprinkle brown sugar on the barbecue sauce until you obtain desired taste and sweetness
  • 4
    Consistently stir mixture until it becomes thick.

6. Using Heavy Creams

Another ingredient that can add flavor to your barbecue sauce is heavy creams. There are several sources for heavy creams such as goat or cow’s milk. Heavy creams will add a rich taste and desired thickness and consistency of your barbecue sauce.

How to Thicken BBQ Sauce in Nine Different Ways

What you will need

  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Heating Pan
  • Heavy Cream

Instructions

  • 1
    In the heating pan, pour the barbecue sauce.
  • 2
    Set over medium heat and stir barbecue sauce.
  • 3
    Once barbecue sauce boils, set to low heat.
  • 4
    Add heavy cream until you obtain desired consistency and thickness.
  • 5
    Set over medium heat again and stir mixture consistently.
  • 6
    Once mixture boils, set in low heat.
  • 7
    Stir the mixture for another one minute and simmer.

7. Using Vegetable Fibers

Using vegetables to thicken your barbecue sauce seems to be a little odd, but it would add some great health benefits to your body. The best way to use vegetable to thicken barbecue sauce is making the vegetables puree. If mashed or pounded properly, these vegetables will not only thicken your barbecue sauce but will also give your body a nutritional kick.

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What you will need

Instructions

  • 1
    Steam vegetables for 10 to 15 minutes. 
  • 2
    Allow vegetables to cool.
  • 3
    Slice vegetables into pieces. 
  • 4
    Put sliced vegetables in a blender or a food processor.
  • 5
    Set aside the pureed vegetables in a bowl.
  • 6
    Set pan over medium heat.
  • 7
    Pour the barbecue sauce in the heating pan.
  • 8
    Stir and add the pureed vegetables.
  • 9
    Simmer and stir consistently until you obtained your desired consistency or
    thickness.
  • 10
    In case your barbecue sauce is too thick, add a bit of water while consistently stirring.

8. Using Dried Apricots

Dried Apricots have the ability to thicken your barbecue sauce. Not only that, it also adds a fruity taste and texture to your barbecue sauce. It also provides some health benefits for your heart, blood, and skin.

How to Thicken BBQ Sauce in Nine Different Ways

What you will need

  • ​​​Dried Apricots
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Chopping board
  • Knife
  • 2 Heating Pan

Instructions

  • 1
    Chop the dried apricots finely.
  • 2
    Set pan over medium heat.
  • 3
    Put chopped apricots in the pan and cook until soft.
  • 4
    Set the other pan over medium heat and pour the barbecue sauce.
  • 5
    Mix apricot and barbecue sauce.
  • 6
    Simmer and stir mixture consistently.

9. Using Ketchup and Tomato Paste

Ketchup and Tomato Paste work like flour or cornstarch and adds thickness to your barbecue sauce. If a sweet barbecue sauce is not your taste then this one is for you. However, you can still create a sweet tomato barbecue sauce by adding a bit of sugar.

What you will need

  • Tomato Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Heating Pan

Instructions

  • 1
    Set pan to medium heat.
  • 2
    Pour the barbecue sauce in the pan.
  • 3
    Once it boils, add tomato paste and ketchup.
  • 4
    Stir mixture consistently until desired thickness is obtained.

Final Thoughts:

Barbecue has always been a delectable food for most people. Adding barbecue sauce, especially thick sauces, will boost its flavor and taste and will make you enjoy these grilled slabs of meat. Of all the eight ways on how to thicken BBQ Sauce, which one is your favorite? Or maybe you have another recipe on how to thicken BBQ Sauce you might want to share with us. We would love to hear about it!

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Nancy Lee

Nancy Lee

Hey there, I'm Nancy, founder and editor in chief here at Cooky Mom, and I’m absolutely in love with food and health blogs. I'm on a mission to share my insider cooking, food and health tips with all of you...

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