Down-Home Barbecue Sauce

Down-Home Barbecue Sauce
1 quart

This tangy Down-Home Barbecue Sauce is the key to making our Oven-Roasted Ribs with Barbecue Sauce. You'll use about two cups for brushing the ribs and for dipping, so save the rest for another use.


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste

  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • 1 (12-ounce) jar apple butter or applesauce

  • ½ cup cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons packed dark-brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 cups apple juice


  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic; cook until onion is translucent, about 1 minute. Add cumin and cayenne; cook 1 minute. Add tomato paste; cook 1 minute.

  2. Stir remaining ingredients into onion mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Partially cover; simmer, stirring occasionally, about 2 hours. If sauce becomes too thick, add water, a little at a time. Let cool. Puree sauce in batches in a blender until smooth.

Cook's Notes

Sauce can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 weeks.

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