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A Traditional American Basic Barbecue Sauce

Courses: Sauces
Serves: 2 people

Recipe Ingredients

3 tablespoons 45mlVegetable oil
1   Onion - chopped
2   Garlic - minced
1 1/4 cups 296mlCatsup
1/3 cup 78mlCider vinegar
1/3 cup 78mlWorcestershire sauce
1/3 cup 53g / 1.9ozBrown sugar
2 teaspoons 10mlChili powder
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlCayenne pepper

Recipe Instructions

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan and cook the onion and garlic, gently for 10 minutes. Add the catsup, vinegar, Worcestershire, brown sugar, chili powder, and cayenne, and mix well. Let simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened.


This sauce has a nice balance of sweet, tart, and spice. Because the sauce contains sugar, it burns easily, and is best brushed on food just during the last 5 or 10 minutes of cooking. Pass the remaining sauce around the table.

The Fannie Farmer Cookbook


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