Tangy Barbecue Sauce

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
3 cups

Slather this sauce on Grilled Ribs while they get a quick char on the grill. It gives already tasty meat an added boost of flavor.


  • 2 tablespoons safflower oil

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes, pureed with juice

  • ¾ cup water, plus more if needed

  • ¼ cup packed dark-brown sugar

  • ¼ cup ketchup

  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar


  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook onion, garlic, salt, and pepper until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in chili powder, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  2. Add tomatoes, 3/4 cup water, the sugar, and ketchup. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered and stirring occasionally, for 1 1/2 hours. Add more water as needed to avoid scorching. Let cool slightly.

  3. Working in batches, puree sauce in a blender. Stir in vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Let cool.

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