Southern Barbecue Sauce

Southern Barbecue Sauce
Southern Barbecue Sauce. Sabrina Baksh
  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: Makes about 3 cups
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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

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 ketchup, cider vinegar, water, sugar, paprika, bay leaf, Tabasco sauce, cayenne pepper, and juice of one large lemon. Do not add butter at this point. 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. To use: baste sauce onto ribs or chicken pieces during the last 15-18 minutes of cook time. Sauce can also be heated and served on top of pulled chicken or pork, or simply served on the side as a table sauce.