A Traditional American Basic Barbecue Sauce

A Traditional American Basic Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients :

  • 3 tb vegetable oil
  • 1 onion; chopped
  • 2  cloves garlic; minced
  • 1/4 c  catsup
  • 1/3 c  cider vinegar
  • 1/3 c  Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 c  brown sugar
  • 2 ts chili powder
  • 1/4 ts cayenne pepper


Heat the oil in a medium saucepan and cook the onion and garlic, gently for 10 minutes.

Add the catsup, vinegar, Worcestershire, brown sugar, chili powder, and cayenne, and mix well.

Let simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened.

Makes about 2-1/2 cups

This sauce has a nice balance of sweet, tart, and spice. Because the sauce contains sugar, it burns easily, and is best brushed on food just during the last 5 or 10 minutes of cooking. Pass the remaining sauce around the table.

Ricarda Rutter

*Ricarda Rutter is a Ten News reporter. She’s an award-winning and Walkley nominated journalist. She has worked at the SBS, ABC, and Triple R.Rutter is a mother and a wife.