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
Add all ingredients to the slow cooker. Stir to mix.
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.
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.