Traditional Barbecue Sauce

Use this sauce as you'd use any barbecue sauce, as a serving sauce served on the side, or as a dipping sauce. Most barbecue seasoning mixes contain salt, so salt isn't added to this recipe.

INGREDIENTS | YIELDS about 2½ cups

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon hot sauce, or to taste
  1. Add all ingredients to the slow cooker. Stir to mix.

  2. Cover and, stirring every 15 minutes, cook on high for 1 hour or until the mixture reaches a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and, continuing to stir every 15 minutes, cook uncovered 1 hour or until the sauce has reached desired thickness.

  3. Ladle into glass jars; cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

Customizing Barbecue Sauce

You can change up the flavor of Traditional Barbecue Sauce by using a mix of prepared (yellow) mustard and Dijon or stone-ground mustard, adding red pepper flakes or some Mrs. Dash (Extra Spicy or Southwest Chipotle) seasoning, or substituting lemon juice for the vinegar.

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