This is the miracle easy braai sauce and when you taste it you'll become highly motivated to make it often and use it in so many different ways. It's incredibly tasty making everything you add it to taste even better!
A little sweet and savory but you get to control that by tasting, adding and seasoning as you go. Homemade easy braai sauce, from scratch, affordable, versatile, and delicious, every reason to make it all the time. All this in under 30 minutes!
Easy Braai Sauce
This recipe took 5 minutes to get all the ingredients into the pot and then about 15 minutes to simmer and it tasted off the charts good.
Easy Braai Sauce Video
Don't be overwhelmed about the number of ingredients just get them in the saucepan the results will speak for themselves.
Braai Sauce Ingredients
Tomato sauce (Ketchup) Use any one.
Tomato paste - I can't make a braai sauce without the depth that a tomato paste adds.
Apple Cider vinegar - that's for that tangy flavor that you want in a braai sauce. You can add fresh lemon or white vinegar.
Herbs, spices and seasoning for that all natural flavorful & fragrant finish. You can add spices like paprika, mustard, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, thyme and garlic powder. We use these natural herbs and spices. The full list is in the recipe card below.
Molasses Gives a thickness to the consistency and depth to the taste.
What Is Molasses?
Molasses is a thick dark syrup which comes from the processing of sugar cane.
If you don't have molasses you can use regular golden syrup. Though not the same it's still thicker and more affordable than maple syrup for this braai sauce.
Worcestershire sauce - if you're South African you don't need a reason to add Worcestershire sauce right? Besides, it brings a nice savory flavor to the sauce.
Liquid smoke - you only need a few drops to bring out that smoky flavor. Don't have it? Leave it out, you will still enjoy a sweet, tangy and savory braai sauce.
Honey -Any honey.
What is liquid smoke and why do we add it?
It's a liquid thats smokey and it's used to create that smoky taste without the meat actually being smoked and you've probably eaten it without even knowing. Liquid smoke is added to store bought meats, cheeses, sauces and so much more.
Is Liquid Smoke A Condiment?
Liquid smoke is very concentrated so it's not like a Worcestershire sauce or a ketchup that you can take to the table and add to your food so no it's not a condiment.
Ways To Use Liquid Smoke
Add it to your meat before cooking when you add your spices and seasoning. You can use it on any meat but because beef for example already has natural flavors liquid smoke is better with more bland meat like chicken.
Liquid Smoke Subsitutions
Smokes salt, smoked spices like smoked paprika,
How To Make This Easy Braai Sauce
Did I say it's too easy for words? Well here we go!
- Start here: Add all the ingredients into a large saucepan. Stir and bring the sauce to a boil. The minute it starts to boil, drop the heat to a low and decent simmer.
- Simmer: Let it simmer for 12 to 15 minutes with the lid on because it splashes about but make sure the lid is on at a slanting angle. Simmer until you are happy with the thickness. Keep the lid off if you simmer is low without splashing about.
- Serve: Enjoy with your favorite sides or main dish!
Spice Combinations for the Perfect Braai
This steak and chops mix is the best meat spice or braai spice that you can find. This non-irradiated steak and chops spice also uses 100% natural ingredients with absolutely no nasties. Other spices suitable and delicious for braai's are:
Serve This Easy Braai Sauce With
Here are a few quick ideas but as mentioned earlier, it makes the food that you are adding it to taste even better! We love this braai sauce with:
- Pressure Cooker Spare Ribs
- Pan Seared Steak
- Steak Nibbles
- Overnight Slow Cooker Lamb Leg Roast
- Spicy Chicken Bites
Heritage Day Braai Ideas
Heritge day and braai go together like tomato and basil so let's heighten those taste buds!
More Homemade Sauces
- Mascarpone Cheese Dip
- Roasted Red Pepper Dip Recipe
- Olive Oil Bread Dip
- Basil Pesto Recipe
- Chimichurri Sauce
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Easy Braai Sauce Recipe
- 1 ½ cups Tomato sauce
- 2 tbsps Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsps Tomato paste
- ½ cup Cider vinegar
- ⅓ cup Molasses (or just brown sugar)
- 1 teaspoon Liquid smoke
- ¼ cup Honey
- 2 tbsps Brown sugar
- Add all the ingredients and spices into a saucepan and mix.
- Bring to a simmer for about 12 to 15 minutes. Once it starts simmering place the lid on to help control the splattering.