Barbecue Sauce: Ingredient of the Week

barbecue sauceEach week in Food and Party, we'll be featuring an "Ingredient of the Week"—paying homage to some of our favorite ingredients all week long with buying and storage tips, recipes, and other useful information.

This week's special ingredient is: Barbecue Sauce.

No other condiment in my fridge gets quite as much use as barbecue sauce. I'm not afraid to admit it: I put it on everything including meat, veggies, potatoes, you name it. Even if I'm eating something barbecued -- say, barbecued chicken -- I still use extra barbecue sauce for dipping.


Did you know you can make your own barbecue sauce from scratch? It's true! Here's an easy recipe from one of my favorite barbecuing duos -- Patrick and Gina Neely:

Barbecue Sauce from Food Network

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour 15 minutes (although I usually cook it for less time).

But store-bought brands taste just as good -- Sweet Baby Rays is my favorite.

What's your favorite brand of barbecue sauce?


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