All-American Barbecue Sauce
I'm very excited to show you my take on America's most popular style of barbecue sauce--which of course originated in and around Kansas City. After you make a batch of this and taste just how incredible it is, I don't think you'll ever buy that stuff from the store again. Sauce may be used right away, but for best results, wrap and refrigerate for a day or two before using to allow the flavors to develop.
Try to use good ketchup. I typically go for the corn syrup-free version of America's most popular brand.
You can use sweet paprika instead of smoked.
Sauce does not need to be cooked if it's going to be used as a glaze for things like barbecued ribs and grilled chicken, but if it's going to be used as a condiment, then bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat and allow to cool before storing in the fridge.