All-American Barbecue Sauce

BBQ Sauce in bowl to brush on meatIngredients:

2 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 cup ketchup-style chili sauce
½ cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup unsulfured molasses
2 tablespoons spicy brown or
Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Hot sauce to preferred taste


Heat the butter in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until golden – about 8 minutes. Stir in the garlic and chopped tomatoes and cook for another 2 minutes.

Add the chili sauce, vinegar, molasses, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce to the pan. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to a medium-low. Stir frequently and continue to simmer until the sauce is slightly reduced – about 20 minutes.

Create your own variation by adding your favorite hot sauce!

Barbecue Sauce TIP: Wait to sauce your food until the last few minutes of grilling. Since most barbecue sauces have a good amount of sugar, the sauce is likely to burn when exposed to the heat of your grill.