This is my old standby recipe for an easy BBQ sauce that can be knocked out in a couple of hours and is very easy to make. It is rather sweet, with a distinct kick, and goes very well on pulled pork, ribs, sliced pork, beef, chicken, turkey, and sausage. It makes an incredible BBQ spaghetti, and goes great in BBQ beans.

4 cups ketchup
2 cups dry white wine
2/3 cup honey
1/3 cup dark molasses
4 tablespoons cider vinegar
4 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons sugar
2 small onions diced very small
4 minced garlic cloves
1 teaspoon Coleman's dry mustard
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Dash favorite hot sauce to taste
Salt and pepper to taste

Saute onion and garlic in pot until soft and translucent. Add all other ingredients and cook over low heat (stirring occasionally) until thick. Salt and pepper and hot sauce to taste. The finished sauce can be strained or used "as is."

Jeff Watson, surfer, speculator, poker player, art connoisseur, blogs as MasterOfTheUniverse.





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  1. reid on March 31, 2010 12:28 pm

    I understand it is quick and easy , but ketchup? why not tomatoe sauce? i want more control of the sugar. by the way, try organic molasses - much stronger, richer flavor…

  2. Jeff Watson on March 31, 2010 8:08 pm

    @Reid, I tried it both ways over the years and the tomato sauce version didn’t turn out nearly as good. Remember that ketchup has artificial thickeners that ppartially thicken the sauce and help it adhere to the meat. Also the artificial preservatives aid in shelf life. Plus, it tastes better than the tomato sauce version and one doesn’t need to mess with the recipe to get a better taste. The sweetener can be up to you as even Karo syrup will work in a pinch, only the honey is necessary. I just jotted down my quick and easy recipe for the benefit of those who don’t have time to sit over a stove all day making sauce.


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