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Spirited Barbecue Sauce


  • 6 cups tomato sauce, homemade or commercial
  • 3 cups mild chili sauce, homemade or commercial
  • 1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup liquid hickory smoke (available in supermarkets)
  • 6 tablespoons molasses
  • 3 teaspoons Tabasco sauce, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 extra large onions, chopped
  • 1 large lemon, sliced
  • 1 medium orange, sliced
  • 1 large lime, sliced
  • 6 teaspoons dry powdered mustard
  • 1 cup Jack Daniels whiskey or bourbon (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan, bring gently to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Stir from time to time to prevent scorching.
  2. Pass the sauce through a fine sieve to remove the solid ingredients, pour into clean storage jars, and freeze.

This makes enough for about 10 barbecues. It freezes well and makes a great gift too.


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