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casa di graffagnino's sweet & sassy bbq sauce

Recipe by
Donna Graffagnino
Bayou Country, LA

It took me a while to develop just the right taste for this sweet and tangy concoction. It's great on burgers, ribs, chicken, sausage, pulled pork, shredded beef, you name it. This is not a tangy sauce, it is sweet, as the name implies, with a mild to medium heat level. For even more heat see the Option in the recipe to give you the Sweet & Heat to suit your taste.

yield 16 oz
prep time 15 Min
cook time 1 Hr 15 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For casa di graffagnino's sweet & sassy bbq sauce

  • 1 c
    ketchup (heinz)
  • 3/4 c
    white sugar
  • 1/4 c
    apple cider vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp
    beer (regular, light, or non-alcohol) do not omit!
  • 3 Tbsp
    dark brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce (lea & perrin's)
  • 1 tsp
    liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    granulated garlic or powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    granulated onion or powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    season salt (lawry's)
  • 3/8 tsp
    mccormick's roasted garlic & bell pepper (ground)
  • 3/8 tsp
    dried bell pepper (ground)
  • 1/8 tsp
    cayenne pepper

How To Make casa di graffagnino's sweet & sassy bbq sauce

  • 1
    Using a spice grinder or blender, grind up the roasted garlic & bell pepper, then grind the dried bell pepper into fine granules. After the seasonings are ground then measure 3/8 teaspoons each.
  • 2
    Put all ingredients into a heavy saucepan and simmer, uncovered, on low for 1 hour stirring often to prevent sticking. Cook until it reaches desired consistency. The thicker it gets the more often you need to stir. Store in refrigerator for 6 months or more, but it won't last that long!
  • 3
    *OPTIONS: Using the Sweet & Sassy recipe make the following changes for hotter sauce: SWEET HEAT - Change cayenne from 1/8 to 1 1/4 teaspoon