Southern Barbecue Sauce

Southern Barbecue Sauce
Southern Barbecue Sauce. Regarding BBQ Inc.
    25 mins
Ratings (10)

This is a classic tomato based barbecue sauce with loads of flavor. Turn up the heat by adding more cayenne pepper. This sauce is perfect on barbecued ribs, pulled pork or chicken.

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 cups/360 mL ketchup
  • 6 tablespoons/90 mL cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup/120 mL water
  • 3 tablespoons/45 mL vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL butter
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tablespoon/30 mL sugar
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL paprika
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL minced garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon/1.25 mL Tabasco sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon/1.25 mL cayenne pepper
  • juice of one lemon

How to Make It

1. Heat vegetable oil in a medium saucepan.  Add minced garlic and cook for 15-30 seconds until it becomes fragrant.  Add all remaining ingredients, except butter.  Simmer sauce over medium-low heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Watch for burning and lower temperature if needed.

2. Remove pan from heat and stir in butter.  Once melted through, let sauce cool for 10-15 minutes before using.

 If making ahead of time, cool sauce for 30 minutes and store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days after preparation.  

3. Baste sauce onto ribs or chicken pieces during the last 10-15 minutes of cook time. Serve on top of pulled chicken or pork, or simply serve on the side.