Memorial Day weekend is just one week away and with it comes the official start of the barbeque season. This is my recipe for barbeque sauce. Sweet and tangy, you're never going to use that bottled stuff again. This sauce takes minutes to make and keeps in the fridge for a couple of weeks.
1 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder [optional]
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
Combine ingredients in a microwave safe 2 cup bowl, cover loosely and microwave on high for 90 seconds. Carefully remove from microwave oven, stir and allow to cool to room temperature before using.
Remember that barbeque sauce goes on late in the grilling or smoking process. When grilling, never put the sauce on more than 15 minutes before the food is done on each side or the sauce will burn because of the high sugar content. When smoking [true barbeque] no more than 1 hour before the food is done or serve at the table.