Easy and Delicious Barbecue Sauce

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It is estimated that over 50% of American families will be grilling Memorial Day weekend.  What’s better than a great barbecue sauce for steaks, burgers, ribs, chicken, and more.  This sauce is so easy to make and can be made a few days ahead and also freezes well.  It’s a tangy sauce with a little smoke and heat but not full of added sugars, so it is not overly sweet like many bottled sauces.  I made a batch today to enjoy all weekend.  I also think it tastes even better if made a day or two before so the flavors blend to its tangy goodness.

Easy and Delicious Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • ½ cup light molasses
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon hickory flavor liquid smoke (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon Tabasco or other hot pepper sauce
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground allspice
  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add all remaining ingredients and stir well. Turn heat to a simmer and cook until thickened, stirring frequently, for 15 minutes.
  2. The sauce is great basted on ribs, burgers, chicken, steaks, or whatever you like. Can be made 3 days ahead and can be frozen. Makes about 3 cups.




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