Sunday, February 11, 2007

Barbecue Sauce

I've often told people that this is an old family Barbecue Sauce recipe, but the truth is my mom got it from a culinary friend sometime in the 1980's. -Ryan

2 1/2 cups ketchup
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup Worchestershire Sauce
1 dash liquid smoke
1 1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. chili powder
1 T salt
1/2 tsp. onion salt

Mix everything up in a big bowl and let flavors blend for a few hours or over night before serving.

Our Personal Touches:
Usually when I make this stuff I go to Costco and get the 2-pack of big ketchup bottles. One bottle is about 5 cups so I just use it all and double everything else in the recipe. I put the sauce back in the empty bottle to keep in the fridge.

I also normally make the following substitutions:
Garlic Salt instead of table salt
Onion Powder instead of onion salt
In the past I've also added honey to make it sweeter.

1. Use "little smokies" or slice up Keilbasa sausage in a crock-pot, cover in barbecue sauce, heat and serve.
2. Soften a brick of cream cheese, cover in barbecue sauce, server with crackers.
3. Actually grill something, coat with barbecue sauce just before removing from grill.

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