When you need a barbecue sauce at the last minute, you can't go wrong with this 6-ingredient, 5-minute sauce. And all of the ingredients are probably already in your pantry.
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
How to Make It
In a small saucepan, over low heat, combine the ketchup, vinegar, molasses, mustard, water, salt, and pepper. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Baste the meat, chicken, or seafood with the sauce during the last 10 minutes of grilling.
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I used this as a base for sloppy joes made with veggie "meat" crumbles. I was looking for a recipe for a sauce with a ketchup base since that was what I had on hand, and this fit the bill. It was a little bland, so I added 1/4 tsp each of onion garlic powder, which really improved it. If I had some liquid smoke, I would have added that too, and I think that would have made it outstanding. Will definitely use this recipe again when I need a quick barbecue sauce.
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