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BBQ sauce

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  • 40min

About this recipe: My mother-in-law gave me this BBQ sauce recipe over twenty four years ago. I use it frequently and someone always asks for it. A mixture of tangy ingredients, onion and brown sugar creates a tasty sauce! This will keep in the fridge for several weeks.


Serves: 16 

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 4 tablespoons vinegar
  • 125ml water
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown soft sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke flavouring

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:40min 

  1. In a medium saucepan, mix lemon juice, onion, vinegar, water, brown sugar, mustard, ground black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper and vegetable oil. Bring to the boil, then simmer uncovered 20 minutes.
  2. Stir ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and liquid smoke flavouring into the mixture. Return to the boil, then remove from heat. Refrigerate until ready for use.


Liquid smoke flavouring is available to order online and in some specialty shops. If unavailable, the BBQ sauce can be made without it with good results.

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Reviews (3)


We added black treacle and slightly more Worcestershire sauce, good flavour - 02 Nov 2013


Very tasty warm with pork chops and sweet potato. However liquid smoke flavouring doesn't sound very natural! - so did it without, and still excellent - 21 Oct 2012


Hey I wud love make this BBQ sauce , liquid smoke flavouring from thanks MRS.B - 18 Aug 2012

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