Barbecue. For some, it’s a fun way to prepare a meal in the warm weather months. For others, it’s a way of life. However, most people would agree that it’s the sauce that is the true star of the barbecue show. Whether you prefer your sauce to be smoky, spicy, slightly sweet, or all of the above, there’s no denying that it’s the sauce that makes the meal. And while there are countless ready-made sauces on the market today, why not make your own? This Instant Pot BBQ Sauce Recipe is an easy, almost hands-free way to make a delicious, delectable sauce that will make any barbecue oh-so-much better!
The addition of the Jamaican Jerk seasoning in this recipe brings the heat, which is nicely balanced by the sweetness of brown sugar and ketchup. The vinegar, lemon juice and mustard provide a nice tang, which makes this Instant Pot BBQ Sauce Recipe well rounded and full-flavored. It’s the perfect partner for a wide variety of meats and veggies.
What Does Barbecue Mean?
The term barbecue is derived from the West Indian barbakoa, which roughly translates to “wooden framework resting on sticks above a fire”. Barbecue can refer to the cooking method itself, food this is cooked this way, the cooking apparatus/machine used (the “barbecue grill” or just ” the barbecue”), and also to a type of social event featuring this style of cooking and food.
While the standard modern English spelling of the word is barbecue, variations including barbeque, and abbreviations such as bar-b-q or BBQ are also commonly uses. The acronym BBQ is somewhat ironic, as it also stands for “Better Be Quick,” which is pretty much the opposite of the slow-and-low barbecue cooking method.
The Benefit of the Making Instant Pot BBQ Sauce
Making this Instant Pot BBQ Sauce Recipe is so easy — all it takes is three simple steps! Thanks to the Instant Pot, there’s no need to constantly whisk or monitor the cooking progress. Once you’ve given the onions and celery a quick sauté, just toss in the rest of the ingredients, set it, and walk away!
One Tip for Cleaning Your Instant Pot
Cooking BBQ sauce in the Instant Pot is quick and easy, but it can sometimes leave behind stubborn stains and build-up. Here’s an easy solution for returning the Instant Pot inner liner (the stainless steel pot) to its original sparkling state. Sprinkle some Bar Keepers Friend in the bottom of the pot, add a touch of water, and give it a scrub with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. This simple combination really does work wonders!
How To Make Instant Pot BBQ Sauce Recipe
Sauté onions and celery in the Instant Pot for 3-4 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients to the pot. Close the lid and turn the valve to sealed (not venting). Set a manual high-pressure time for 25 minutes.
Once cooking time has elapsed, perform a quick release to let out the pressure.
Purée the ingredients with an immersion blender until smooth.
More Quick and Easy Instant Pot Recipes:
- 1 ½ cups celery, chopped
- 1 ½ medium onions, chopped
- 1 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons vinegar
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 5 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons prepared mustard
- 4 teaspoons Jamaican Jerk BBQ seasoning
- 1 ½ cups ketchup
- 1 ½ cups water
- Sauté onions and celery in Instant Pot for 3-4 minutes. Add remaining ingredients to the pot.
- Close the lid on the pressure cooker and turn the valve to sealing.
- Set a manual high-pressure time for 25 minutes.
- When cooking time has elapsed, do a quick release to let out the pressure.
- Purée with an immersion blender until smooth.