I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Barbecue Sauce

This recipe is so easy to make and so good. Be warned, it makes a lot. I like to can mine, it makes about 8 pints. If you don't know how to can, you could freeze it too, or just decrease the amount you make. This only gets better with age.

BARBECUE SAUCE (makes 8 pints)

*2 tablespoons butter, melted
*1/4 sweet onion, chopped very fine
*2 garlic cloves, minced
*2 cups ketchup
*2 cups tomato sauce
*1 cup brown sugar
*1 cup Italian red wine vinegar
*1/2 cup dark molasses
*4 teaspoons hickory-flavored liquid smoke ('colgin' is gluten free)
*1/4 teaspoon chili powder
*1 teaspoon paprika
*1/2 teaspoon celery seed
*1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
*1/2 - 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you want it)
*1 teaspoon sea salt
*1 teaspoon pepper

~Put all the ingredients into a medium sized saucepan, and cook over medium heat.
~Stir and once it's hot, turn the stove down to a simmer.
~Simmer for 30-40 minutes. The longer you simmer it the thicker it will be.
~Place barbecue sauce into sterile jars, leaving a 1/2 inch head space.
~Put lids and rings on jars, making sure jar is free from any residue first.
~Cook in hot bath for 20 minutes.
~Make sure all lids have sealed, and store after sitting for 24 hours.

`Substitute the onion with 1/2 teaspoon onion powder.
`Substitute garlic with 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.
`Substitute the red wine vinegar with apple cider vinegar.
`Substitute the molasses with maple syrup.
`If you like more heat, add 1 tablespoon "chili pepper based hot sauce.
`If you like a mustard based BBQ Sauce, substitute the tomato sauce with 1 cup of spicy brown mustard.

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