Salted Caramel Sauce

Caramel sauce might be one of Hubby’s favorite things ever. He will always choose a caramel treat over a a chocolatey treat. I’ve just recently gotten more comfortable making my own caramel sauce. It actually is so much easier than I thought it was. Having a candy thermometer is a must for making caramel at home. But that’s really all you need. If you haven’t made your own caramel sauce, do it. Trust me, it’s worth the minimal effort required.

I ended up making a triple batch of this salted caramel during the holidays. I ordered some cute jars online and gave them away as gifts to some family members. Hubby also enjoyed a bunch of this caramel sauce heated up over vanilla ice cream.

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Salted Caramel Sauce

Salted caramel sauce is easier to make than you could ever imagine. And it makes a great gift!

Yield: 2 cups


1 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp cold unsalted butter
1 tsp fleur de sel


Add water to a 2-qt saucepan. Gently add the sugar to the center of the pot - it will mound, that's fine. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over high heat.

Once boiling, uncover the pot and insert a candy thermometer. Continue cooking until the mixture registers 300 F and is just starting to develop some color, about 15 minutes.

Reduce heat under the pot to medium and cook until the syrup is amber and registers 350 F on the thermometer, about another 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, pour the cream into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. If it simmers before the syrup is ready, just take it off the heat and set aside.

Remove the caramel from the heat and add about 1/4 of the warm cream to the pot. It will bubble furiously so be careful. Once the bubbling subsides, add the remaining cream. When it stops bubbling, whisk gently to incorporate fully. Add the butter and the salt and whisk to combine.

Refrigerate up to 1 month.

Recipe from Cook's Illustrated, as seen on Erin's Food Files

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7 Responses to “Homemade BBQ Sauce”

  1. #
    nutmegnanny — March 8, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I love homemade BBQ sauce. I’m partial to my fathers but this one looks great too 🙂

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    Sook — March 9, 2010 at 3:58 am

    Homemade bbq sauce sounds great! I’ve never attempted to make it at home but it doesn’t look too hard. Thanks for the recipe!

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    mamakrystal — March 9, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    I love homemade BBQ sauce…well homemade everything!!! I love that you photographed it in a mason jar…I’m a sucker for those things!

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    Cindy — March 13, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    This sounds great and I will have to try it. I made BBQ chicken quesadillas for lunch and this would have been great to use for that. Next time I will use this recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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    Ingrid — March 14, 2010 at 2:52 am

    I’ve made homemade BBQ sauce and bottled has nothing on homemade. It’s been a while and BBQ season is here. I’ll have to give your recipe a try.

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    Ashley — October 30, 2010 at 6:35 am

    How long does this last in the fridge?

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    Jen — November 2, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Ashley – We store our BBQ sauce in the fridge and it has been fine for a few months. It never goes bad before we use it up.

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