Sunday, April 15, 2012

Ketchup and Molasses BBQ Sauce

Everyone has their own idea of the perfect BBQ sauce.  I’m not here to weigh in on those regional and statewide debates.  But if you’re looking for a classic barbeque sauce, I think this fits the bill.  It’s ketchup and molasses-based, with apple cider vinegar and a host of other flavors.  Try it with this recipe for smoked pork shoulder on the grill, and even give it a taste test by comparing to this recipe for Carolina-style mustard-based sauce.


¼ cup butter
1 medium onion, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup ketchup
¼ lemon juice
½ cup cider vinegar
½ cup molasses
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
½ cup loosely packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper


1.    In saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.
2.    Add onion and garlic.  Cook 3-4 minutes, until onions are translucent. 
3.    Add all other ingredients.  Bring to a simmer. 
4.    Taste and adjust flavor to your preference.
5.    Cook down for about 20 minutes on low heat, stirring frequently.
6.    Remove from heat.  Serve immediately, or refrigerate and then reheat and serve when you’re ready.

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