Smokehouse BBQ Sauce

I’m always on the lookout for a different sauce for my smoked ribs, pulled pork, or whatever meats I’m cooking on my smoker. It’s not because I don’t already have a good collection of sauces that I love, but because sometimes you just want something different. This smokehouse BBQ sauce intrigued me when I first saw it because it had both chile peppers and lemon juice. I thought, well, that’s new. So I made it and it came out great on a nice big rack of smoked spare ribs!
smokehouse-bbq-sauceThick but not too thick, this sauce has a hint of spiciness, a hint of smokiness, and a slight vinegar kick. In a ways it’s a combination of many BBQ sauces, from Kansas City to Memphis to the Carolinas. Different, but different in a good way.

Smokehouse BBQ Sauce
Recipe type: BBQ Sauce
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 cups
  • 4 dried ancho chile peppers
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • Liquid smoke, to taste
  • Hot sauce, to taste
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the chiles and toast for 2-3 minutes. Turn and continue toasting until softened.
  3. Add the water and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove peppers to a cutting board, but reserve the water.
  7. Remove stems and seeds from the peppers and chop lightly. Transfer to a blender and add the reserved water. Puree until smooth and return to the skillet.
  8. Add the remaining ingredients except for the lemon and butter.
  9. Bring sauce to a boil and reduce to a simmer and continue simmering for 30 minutes until the desired thickness is achieved.
  10. Stir in the lemon juice and add the butter and stir until melted.

Garrett’s Smokehouse BBQ, Indianapolis, Indiana

I’ll eat anything that’s been cooked low and slow. As a big fan of BBQ done right, I was happy to finally make it down to Garrett’s Smokehouse BBQ, which is not too far from our house here in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Garrett's Smokehouse BBQ, Indianapolis, IndianaGarrett’s is located in a little strip mall. They have a full BBQ menu – pork, chicken, brisket and even turkey. We decided to get our meal to go.

Garrett's Smokehouse BBQ, Indianapolis, IndianaAnita ordered the pulled pork sandwich with a side of mac-and-cheese. For her sauce, she went with the mild. I had the brisket sandwich with a side of spicy slaw and sweet BBQ sauce. I was already happy since the meats weren’t pre-sauced. You just never know when someone might be trying to hide poorer quality smoked meat under a sauce. Not the case at Garrett’s, that’s for sure.

The meats were smoked perfectly. You know how sometimes you get BBQ and only the first 1/2″ or so has a smoke flavor? Garrett’s BBQ had a nice (but not overwhelming) smoke flavor throughout. Both sauces were great. Really great, actually. I’m going to pick up some extra sauce next time for my own smoked ribs.

Besides the meats, the sides were also excellent. They were both made from scratch. Anita’s mac-and-cheese was smooth and cheesy. My spicy slaw was definitely spicy. I love homemade slaw – there’s such a difference between it and store-bought. I’m looking forward to trying their other sides.

We had a good meal from Garrett’s. We’ll be returning soon! It’s great to see local restaurants turn out great food like Garrett’s. Support your local chefs and cooks.