Spicy Barbecue Sauce

Most people discover a BBQ sauce they love and buy it by the case.  Those with a sense of adventure tinker around in the kitchen for years perfecting their homemade sauce.  I prefer a sweet honey/brown sugar combo but the other half of the house prefers spicy/tangy combo.  Our chicken, burgers and anything else we can grill go back and forth between the two flavor combinations.

I found this recipe a few weeks ago and was anxious to try it.  It actually combines both the sweet and spicy side of sauces.  I used it in the slow cooker but you can use it on the grill this weekend.  Try it with a sausage or burger or if you are like us, try it on everything.  “You can never have too much sauce”–Christopher Smith.


2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 c. tomatoes, chopped
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp. fruity brown sauce
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
4 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. mild chili powder
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
dash (or more) Tabasco
salt and pepper

Heat oil in a small pan and cook onion and garlic for 5 minutes, until softened and starting to brown.  Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes until sauce begins to thicken, stirring occasionally.  Serve.

I multiplied the recipe by 5 so I could cook chicken with it in the slow cooker.  It was really delicious.  Oh and brown sauce is an English thing.  You can find a fruity brown at a specialty food store or order online.  Enjoy!


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