Mama's Barbeque Sauce

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Serves: unknown
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Cooking Method: Stove Top


1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp water
1/4 c olive oil, light or cooking oil of your choice
1 Tbsp minced onions
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
6 Tbsp brown sugar
3 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp wortershire sauce
1/4 - 1/2 c vinegar
1 small can tomato paste
1 small can tomato sauce (optional)
1/2 c tomato ketchup
1/8-1/4 c liquid smoke (optional)
1/4 c molasses

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Karen Carr Recipe
Lightly Salted
Cape Carteret, NC (pop. 1,917)
Member Since Mar 2012
Karen's notes for this recipe:
My mother always used this recipe for her ribs and chicken. It was always wonderful and always got rave reviews. I never remember a time she made bar-b-que ribs and chicken that she used bottled sauce. She always made her own sauce and we loved it!
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We love this sauce! It is on the sweet side, so we'lI add up to 1/2 cup of vinegar at times depending on the taste of our guests. Terrific on chicken!


Mix Mustard with water and allow to stand 10 minutes.
While the mustard is sitting. cook onions in oil until soft and transparent.
Next mix spices and and mustard along with molasses and brown sugar into the sauted onions. Add lemon juice.
stir in worstershire sauce, vinegar and liquid smoke.
Lastly stir in tomato paste, sauce and ketchup.
Let simmer for 10 minutes.
Use immediately or allow to cool and transfer to bottle or jar for storing in refridgerator.
Note: You may adjust the ingredients according to your taste. I have added and omitted ingredients at times according to how I wanted to use the sauce and it always turned out very well!

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user Betty Stillwell BettyAK - Mar 12, 2012
Edit your recipe--you left off the molasses......
user Karen Carr kcarr7336 - Mar 12, 2012
Thank you for noticing the molasses was omitted! I have edited it and added the molasses. Thanks again Betty!
user Kitchen Crew JustaPinch - Apr 4, 2012
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
user Kitchen Crew JustaPinch - Apr 4, 2012
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user Karen Carr kcarr7336 - Apr 4, 2012
Thanks for the photo and comment. What I like the most about this recipe is that you can adjust it to your taste and it is still delicious. Thanks for the approval!!

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