West Tennessee Thick and Sticky BBQ Sauce

Recipe by ratherbeswimmin
READY IN: 1hr 25mins
YIELD: 3 pints




  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and cook and stir for about 5 minutes, until soft and golden.
  • Add the garlic and cook and stir for 1 minute more.
  • Pour in the ketchup; then rinse the bottle with water to capture the remaining ketchup and add it to the pan, stirring to mix.
  • Add the vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, mustard, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper; stir to mix.
  • Squeeze the lemon juice into the sauce, add the squeezed halves, and stir.
  • Bring the sauce to a low boil, decrease the heat to a simmer, and cook for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens and reduces slightly.
  • Remove from the heat, let cool slightly, and remove and discard the lemon halves.
  • Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to use, or for up to 3 weeks.