Servings: 20 servings 1 1/2 cups tomato ketchup 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar 2 Tbsp yellow mustard 1 Tbsp paprika or to taste 2 tsp onion powder 1 tsp ground black pepper, or to taste 4 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 cup water
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil then lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes or until sauce is thickened.
Add more sugar or seasonings to taste if desired, then remove from heat.
Cool completely to room temperature then cover and store in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.*
*Right off the heat, you will still be able to smell some vinegar and it will taste a little spicy but the sauce will mellow out in flavor as it melds in the refrigerator.
Homemade barbecue sauce is cheaper and tastier than store-bought BBQ sauce and you can use better ingredients with less preservatives. (Yields 2 1/4 cups)