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A "conventional" American barbecue sauce good on chicken, spareribs and hamburgers. Because the sauce contains sugar, it burns easily and should be brushed on during the last 10 to 15 minutes of cooking.


 Amount  Ingredient  Preparation Method
  2 TBS vegetable oil  
1 onion finely chopped
3 cloves garlic minced
  1 cup ketcup or tomato sauce  
1-1/2 cups cider vinegar  
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce  
1/3 cup sugar  
  1 TBS chile powder New Mexican preferred
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper  


Heat the oil in a saucepan over moderate heat and add the onion and garlic. Cook gently, stirring, for about 5 minutes. Add the ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, chili powder and cayenne, to taste (the more cayenne you use, the hotter it will be). Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, until the sauce has thickened slightly, about 20 minutes. Makes about 2 1/2 cups.