Thick N Spicy Sauce Recipe

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With raisins for sweetness and pepper for kick, this spicy sauce is excellent with ham but also lends a nice barbecue flavor to burgers and roast beef. Prepare a batch for the outdoor chefs on your list.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1 small onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons pepper
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon each dried marjoram, tarragon and thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 61 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 293mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. In a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients. Cover and process until smooth. Pour into a saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until heated through. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 2-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Thick N Spicy Sauce in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2002, p46

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