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My Favorite Homemade BBQ Sauce!

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Years ago I went to a friend’s house for a BBQ and had the most fantastic BBQ sauce ever.  My friends were kind to share the recipe with me. It came from the William Sonoma cookbook Grilling.  It is a classic BBQ sauce and one of the best and simplest I ever made.  I usually double the recipe and keep it in a container in the refrigerator to always have on hand!  It keeps well for a long time.   It is not too late for you to make this BBQ sauce and keep it in your refrigerator after all it is still grilling season!  It is amazing the flavors you get when you put the simplest of ingredients together!

Make some today; you will be happy you did! This BBQ sauce is good on chicken, spareribs, hamburgers and brisket.  Since there is sugar in the recipe, it is best put the BBQ sauce on the food you are cooking at the end so it does not burn.

BBQ Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbs. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper, or as needed


In a saucepan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook gently, stirring, for about 5 minutes. Add the ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, chili powder and cayenne, to taste (the more cayenne you use, the hotter it will be). Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, until the sauce has thickened slightly, about 20 minutes.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups.


This is a single recipe and  I always double it so I don’t run out and it is always in my refrigerator.


Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Library Series, Grilling, by John Phillip Carroll (Time-Life Books)

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