BBQ Sauce Base
  • 4 Tablespoons dry minced onion (D ½ cup; Tr ¾ cup)
  • 1 TBSP garlic powder (D 2 TBSP; Tr 3 TBSP)
  • ½ to 1 TBSP chili powder (D 1 to 2 TBSP; Tr 1 ½ to 3 TBSP)
  • 2 teaspoon ground mustard powder (D 4 tsp; Tr 2 TBSP)
  • 2 teaspoon paprika (D 4 tsp; Tr 2 TBSP)
  • 2 bay leaves crumbled (or use powdered/ground bay leaf) (D 4; Tr 6)
  • 2 teaspoon salt (D 4 tsp; Tr 2 TBSP)
  • 1 teaspoon pepper (D 2 tsp; Tr 1 TBSP)
  1. Combine all ingredients and store in air tight container.
  2. Use as desired in recipes here on that call for BBQ Base.
  3. Also may be used by the teaspoonful (or more!) in recipes in which an onion-y, somewhat spicy flavored is desired (since there is no sweetener in the BBQ Base itself.)
  4. Recipe may be doubled (D) or tripled (Tr) or quadrupled—sorry, do your own math on the latter! I use this often enough in various things to go ahead and make it five or six times when I make it. It isn’t just a bbq sauce mix to me but a handy somewhat spicy seasoning mix! Gives things that Tex-Mex flavor!
Recipe by Donna Reish at