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Basic Barbecue Sauce


This classic tomato based barbecue sauce recipe uses tomato sauce and paste, not ketchup. This gives it a more distinctive flavor while giving you an authentic barbecue sauce. Try adding 2 teaspoons of liquid smoke to the sauce for a smoky flavor if the meat you're cooking doesn't already have it.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: Makes about 2 1/2 cups


  • 1 can (8 ounce) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounce) tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • fresh ground pepper to taste


Cook minced onion and garlic in olive oil until onions turns opaque. Add remaining ingredients, mix thoroughly and allow to simmer 20 minutes. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.
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