My Great Grandmother used to make a mild, sweet BBQ sauce which became a comfort food for her grandchildren. If I were making BBQ sauce exclusively for my mother, I wouldn’t dare tamper with her Grandma’s original recipe! Today, however, I was in a tinkering mood, and decided to use Great Grandma’s recipe as a base for something a bit less sweet and a tad more spicy. It’s pretty darn good. Don’t tell my Mom. 😉
Ingredients (Makes 4 cups)
1 large onion, finely diced
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons Worchestershire sauce
1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Step 1) Caramelize onion in butter by stirring constantly over low-medium heat for 10 – 12 minutes until onion is very soft and golden brown.
Step 2) Slowly add vinegar, brown sugar, lemon juice, Worchestershire sauce, and molasses. Stir until well combined.
Meatball Hoagies: Spread BBQ sauce generously inside of fresh rolls. Top with cooked (hot) meatballs and provolone cheese.
Grill Accompaniment: Whether you’re grilling chicken, ribs, or something else, serve this BBQ sauce alongside!
Better-than-cocktail Sauce: Try this BBQ sauce, chilled, in a shrimp cocktail. Delicious!