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Barbecue Sauce

This is a delicious staple to have on hand during the summer grilling season. Use the flavorful sauce to baste chicken or to top hamburgers and hot dogs right off the grill.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    about 1-1/3 cups


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Few drops hot pepper sauce
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a saucepan, cook onion in butter until tender. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer, uncovered, for 20-30 minutes or until sauce reaches desired consistency, stirring occasionally. Use as a basting sauce when grilling hamburgers or chicken and/or use as a condiment. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 40 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 171mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • AmieZ
    Feb 24, 2016

    It was way too "vinegary' for me! I counter-balanced that with some baking soda and then it cam out really nice. I also added a bit of liquid smoke. I will make it again but I will half the vinegar amount. (it was apple cider vinegar). We used it on our grilled pork chops. There were none left, so it wasn't horrible!! ;)

  • Vlamir
    Dec 25, 2012

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  • ambprice
    Apr 13, 2011

    I made this sauce for pork chops. I substituted "vinegar" with cider vinegar and it was so tasty! Big hit with the entire family. I was able to make the sauce ahead of time and then put it in the fridge until I was ready to cook the pork chops. I ended up having the cook the pork chops longer than 20 minutes, but using a thermometer helped me determine when they were done (160 degrees).