06/28/2013 07:47 am ET Updated Sep 09, 2013

Slow Down And Make Barbecue Sauce

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Barbecue sauce doesn't take nearly as long to make as barbecue itself. Actually, you can make a mean barbecue sauce in just about 15 minutes. There's not much more to it than stirring a bunch of ingredients in a saucepan and allowing the flavors to meld and thicken.

So when it comes to deciding whether you should make your own homemade barbecue sauce, it's really a no brainer, guys. Especially if you're making your own barbecue. You owe it to yourself if you're going through the trouble of making barbecue from scratch to top it with a freshly-made sauce.

Making homemade barbecue sauce really isn't about committing a big chunk of time to just one dish. It's more about making the decision to prepare your food from scratch; it's about committing to feeding yourself as well as you can; it's about saying no to packaged, store-bought products; it's about disregarding the fast-paced, high-stress, mega-convenient life for something a little slower paced.

And, it's also about being okay with the fact that you'll have to do some dishes. (Dishes can be meditative, we promise.)

There are benefits to making this decision: not only does it mean you'll have better tasting barbecue sauce -- usually -- but it's often healthier too. And you'll enjoy the feeling of satisfaction of having made your entire meal from scratch. If you're ready to give it a try, we're partial to Meathead's recipe.

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