The name says it all! Measure ingredients to personal taste. Our family loves garlic and onion, so we add a little extra. Any leftover sauce can be frozen.

Micky
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute onion, celery and garlic until soft and translucent. Stir in ketchup, lemon juice, sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and pepper. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

37.9 calories; 0.4 g protein; 6.3 g carbohydrates; 3.8 mg cholesterol; 190.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2007
My husband used this recipe for a church gathering we had on 8-19-07...and everyone really liked it...he let his ribs smoke for 6 hours using this sauce and turned out great!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/25/2004
I was pretty unimpressed. Not at all zesty even though I added Franks Red Hot and some Hickory Seasoning (Liquid Smoke). Tasted a lot like my moms homemade sloppy joes. Bland enough that kids might like except its chunky which turns mine right off. I won't use this recipe again. Sorry Micky!! Read More
(17)
22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2007
My husband used this recipe for a church gathering we had on 8-19-07...and everyone really liked it...he let his ribs smoke for 6 hours using this sauce and turned out great!!! Read More
(16)
Rating: 2 stars
01/25/2004
I was pretty unimpressed. Not at all zesty even though I added Franks Red Hot and some Hickory Seasoning (Liquid Smoke). Tasted a lot like my moms homemade sloppy joes. Bland enough that kids might like except its chunky which turns mine right off. I won't use this recipe again. Sorry Micky!! Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2007
My husband used this recipe for a church gathering we had on 8-19-07...and everyone really liked it...he let his ribs smoke for 6 hours using this sauce and turned out great!!! Read More
(16)
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Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2008
This sauce is pretty good but I made a few changes. I used brown sugar instead of white balsamic vinegar instead of white and 1/2 tsp of celery seed (instead of celery pc's) and 1 tsp of onion powder instead of onion. It just made the sauce smoother. I also used 1/2 cup of ketchup and 1/2 cup of hp sauce. My husband loves it and I keep a jar in the fridge now:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2009
Excellent "base" sauce and as the author says--you can zip it up your way! I followed the recipe to a "T" and found a light tangy sauce for almost anything. YOU MUST LIKE A SLIGHTLY TEXTURED SAUCE TO ENJOY THIS ONE---it is slightly chunky. Good idea to really saute' the veggies well before adding the other ingredients. I did add another tablespoon brown sugar along with a dash or two of hot sauce to zip it up a bit. Wonderful and easily earns a HIGH 5!!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/24/2005
I was looking for an easy sweet sauce to put on some fried chicken wings. Wasn't bad but alot like ketchup. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2010
I made this on a whim and I am soooo glad I did! I took the advice of some other reviews and used Brown Sugar instead of White and I used Balsamic vinegar instead of white. I used a teaspoon of Spicy Brown Mustard instead of dry mustard too. I also added a half cup of reagular bbq sauce from my fridge because I didn't want the ending sauce to have a too much of a ketchup taste. When you mix the ingredients together the sauce looks - well - scary! I asked myself "do I really want to try this?" But I trusted Mickey (haha) and went with it! I have become known for my BBQ now thanks to this sauce!! I slow cook 6 to 8 chicken breasts on LOW for 6 hours. Then I shred the chicken (pulling the meat apart a little at a time with 2 forks) and then I put the shredded meat back in the sauce and slow cook overnight on LOW. Allowing the meat to soak up the sauce makes this BBQ GREAT!!! I always make it for when we have parties and guests-- it is a crowd pleaser FOR SURE! Thanks Mickey- whoever you are! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2008
This BBQ sauce is a very nice and tangy topping for almost anything. I made it for my family with pork ribs and they loved it so much that they wanted to eat it out of the pan! I do however add a little extra lemon and some hamburger spices. It helps to make the flavor a little more bold and give it extra zing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2010
Use 1/2 ketchup 1/2 HP sauce. Use brown sugar. Use balsamic vinegar. Can try spicy mustard. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2010
this is the best bbq sauce i have ever tasted last nite i made 60 chicken breats for the guys and the store bought bbq sauce had spoiled this basically saved my life from a flavorless dinner Read More
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