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Classic Barbecue Sauce

I love barbecue sauce. It has a smoky, spicy, sweet and tangy appeal that I crave when the weather warms up. I put it on meat, chicken, heck I even slather my veggies in it! I have much respect for those who swear by mustard or vinegar based sauces, however to me the quintessential BBQ sauce will always have a ketchup base. And not just any ketchup – it has to be Heinz. Other ketchups are too sweet or too runny and, well, they’re just not Heinz.

I offer you this approach to BBQ sauce based on a family recipe from a dear friend who hails from Kansas City. Give it a try the next time you fire up the grill. Once you make BBQ sauce at home you’ll realize how easy it is and you’ll never go back to that bottle of Bull’s Eye again.

BBQ Sauce  Ingredients
BBQ Sauce Ingredients
Grilled Chicken with BBQ Sauce
Grilled Chicken with BBQ Sauce

Classic BBQ Sauce

2 garlic cloves
1 inch piece of ginger
3 T unsalted butter
1 ¼ c Heinz ketchup
¼ c water
3 T Worcestershire sauce
3 T honey
3 T fresh lemon juice
hot sauce

Peel ginger and grate using a micro-plane. Peel garlic and then mince it or pass it through a garlic press.

Place heavy bottom sauce pan over medium heat. Add butter to pot and swirl until melted. Add ginger and garlic to the melted butter. Cook on medium heat until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Do not let garlic and ginger brown.

Add ketchup and water to pot and stir until combined. Next add Worcestershire sauce, honey, lemon juice and hot sauce (to taste). Stir to combine, reduce heat to medium low, cover and let simmer for at least 30 minutes. Keep stirring every 5-7 minutes to prevent scorching.

Taste sauce after simmering has finished and adjust seasoning with additional lemon juice or hot sauce as you like. Sauce is best when made the night before use, allowing flavors to meld. It can be kept in a glass container in the fridge for up to 7 days.

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