Sweet-and-Spicy Barbecue Sauce

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Sweet-and-Spicy Barbecue SauceRecipe
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett


Can't decide if you like your 'cue spicy or sweet? You get the best of both worlds with Sweet-and-Spicy Barbecue Sauce.
Makes 5 cups


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1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (32-oz.) bottle ketchup (such as Heinz)
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon celery seeds
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper


Sauté onion, minced garlic, and jalapeño pepper in hot olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in ketchup, dark brown sugar, vinegar, apple juice, honey, Worcestershire sauce, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, celery seeds, and dried crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; simmer, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Use immediately, or refrigerate in an airtight container up to 1 month.

Created date

April 2013