Sweet Barbecue Sauce

Sweet Barbecue Sauce Recipe
Fresh ginger and lemon juice give a bright, spicy kick to the ketchup and molasses in this easy homemade barbecue sauce.


2 cups
Total time: 1 Hours

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Food & Wine

Recipe Time

Active: 20 Minutes
Total: 1 Hours


2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 (large) onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup apple juice
3 tablespoons (fresh) lemon juice
2 tablespoons (fresh) ginger, chopped, peeled
2 tablespoons (unsulfured) molasses


In a large skillet, heat the oil. Add the onion and a pinch of salt. Cover and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until richly browned, about 20 minutes. Add the butter and melt. Add the ketchup, brown sugar, apple juice, lemon juice, ginger and molasses. Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced to 2 cups, about 25 minutes. Transfer the sauce to a blender and puree. Season with salt.

Brian Perrone,

Food & Wine

June 2012
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