Saucy BBQ Sauce

Homemade BBQ Sauce (with a little heat)

Makes 1 pint


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 1/4 cups ketchup -look for brands without high fructose corn syrup like Muir Glen or Whole Foods 365
  • 1 tablespoon Srirachi chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (you will add to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper
  1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan.  Add diced onion and cook over a medium heat until onion is nicely caramelized.
  2. Add the ketchup, Srirachi, molasses, spices and 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar to the pan containing the  cooked onion.  
  3. Combine and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.  Stir sauce often.
  4. After 20 minutes, taste and add the additional vinegar if needed.  (If you are using sauce for chicken or ribs I recommend using the additional vinegar)
  5. Cook another 5-10 minutes.  Cook longer if you desire a thicker consistency.
  6. Remove from heat and transfer sauce to a bowl or jar.  Allow to cool and refrigerate.  
  7. Sauce keeps 2 weeks in the fridge.
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