Slather-it-on Barbecue Sauce
This basic barbecue sauce is a perfect balance of “tomatoey” goodness and vinegary kick. Ginger and soy sauce are the secret ingredients that round out the flavors. Preparing this sauce is about as easy as running to the store to buy some. It consists primarily of pantry ingredients and requires a quick, 5-minute simmer. Leftovers will keep several weeks in your fridge. For easy storage, pour into any condiment jars you happen to empty in the process and label accordingly.


  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup, packed, (8-ounces) brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger or 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons ground (dry) mustard
  • 4 tablespoons ancho chile powder (can use regular chile powder)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-3 thin slices lemon


  1. Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.  Remove lemon slices and store in the refrigerator.  This sauce will keep for several weeks.

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