Heston’s Barbecue sauce

"This barbecue sauce is really easy to make and will add fantastic flavour to whatever meat you want to cook. Using the sealed bag to marinate the meat means that all the prep is done and dusted – you could even transport them in your cool box if you’re barbecuing away from home! The sauce is also good with beef steak, burgers and sausages." Heston


½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp mustard powder
½ tsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp oil
1 shallot, finely chopped
420g Cooks’ Ingredients Soffritto Passata
200ml cider vinegar
240g demerara sugar
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp golden syrup
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 essential Waitrose pork steaks


  1. Mix the ginger, mustard powder and smoked paprika in a bowl and divide the mixture in half.
  2. Add the oil to a frying pan over a medium heat and the chopped shallot and cook until caramelised. Add the passata and cook for 5 minutes before adding half the spice mix, vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, golden syrup and garlic. Cook for another 5 minutes. Using a hand blender, blitz the sauce until smooth. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and allow to cool completely. Rub the remaining spice mix into the steaks and leave them for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour ¾ of the barbecue sauce into a freezer bag, reserving the rest to serve with the cooked meat. Put the steaks into the bag and seal. Allow the steaks to marinate in the fridge for 15 minutes or longer if you’re preparing ahead.
  4. Barbecue the steaks until cooked all the way through, brushing with the sauce left in the freezer bag every 2-3 minutes.
  5. Serve the meat with the reserved sauce and a sprinkle of Heston from Waitrose Oak-Smoked Salt.


© Heston Blumenthal 2011

Drink recommendation

Waitrose Reserve Shiraz, St Hallett 2009 Barossa Valley, S Australia is ideal for barbecued meats, with its ripe and rich core and hint of spice. For beer, try Bitburger Pilsner.

Heston's Barbecue sauce

Serves: 8

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 1778.2kJ
Fat 15.3g
Saturated Fat 4.8g
Carbohydrate 40.9g
Sugars 40.2g
Salt 0.9g

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5 stars

Average user rating Based on 30 ratings

This recipe was first published in Thu Aug 18 10:08:00 BST 2011.