Bachelor in the Kitchen: Memorial Day BBQ

Written by Nick

Nescafé-Balsamic BBQ Sauce Recipe

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance. It’s a day for honor, hanging flags and parades. For many, Memorial Day weekend is also a time for backyard barbeques and the official kickoff of summer.

If you’re hoping for a Memorial Day barbeque that no one will forget… it’s all about the sauce. Making your own BBQ sauce is the perfect way to add your personal touch to any backyard barbeque.

BBQ sauce is a matter of taste. Some like it spicy, smoky, sweet or sour; it’s really up to you. That’s why it’s essential to have a guide to help you tailor your sauce. has a great article with an example for a basic BBQ sauce and how to customize it to your liking. It’s a fantastic resource to help you find your “signature” sauce.

I’ve been making my own BBQ sauces for a while now. I tend to go off-recipe, which sometimes leads to disaster…and I generally try to avoid disaster. So, if you haven’t yet nailed down your “signature sauce” you might want to consider the Nescafé-Balsamic BBQ Sauce. It’s a tried and tested recipe that is bursting with flavor and perfect on all your favorite BBQ meats.

Nescafé-Balsamic BBQ Sauce

Ingredients for 1 3/4 cups:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon NESCAFÉ TASTER’S CHOICE House Blend 100% Pure Instant Coffee Granules


HEAT oil in small saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic; cook for 30 seconds. Whisk in ketchup, honey, vinegar, soy sauce and coffee granules. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.


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  1. Sandra Hill
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Looks delicious. More guys should venture into the kitchen and be creative.

  2. Delaine
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Sounds delicious as well as easy! have a fun-filled memorial Day!

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