This is a combination of different recipes I have tried over the past couple of years, keeping the elements I like the most. Everyone asks for the recipe so here it is! I like a spicy sauce. It's not too hot, but not sweet like most sauces out there. I'm still playing around with it, but I like how its going so far! ** update ** I have decided that perhaps pureeing the onions and garlic might be beneficial because most barbecue sauces don't have chunks of onion and garlic! I will work to change test and change this soon (3/2/10)
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1⁄2 cup onion, minced
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons garlic, minced
- 1⁄4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 1⁄2 cups ketchup
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon dried mustard
- 1⁄2 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1⁄2 tablespoon cayenne pepper (to taste)
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons hot sauce
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- Heat vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and onions and cook, stirring, until softened.
- Add the vinegar to the pan and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
- Place everything else in the pan stir and bring to a simmer. Cook for at least 30 minutes, or until thick.
- You may use it right away or cool it and refrigerate for later use.