Big Man's Barbecue Sauce... The Best There Is!

Cook's notes: Remember when making "The Big Man's Barbecue Sauce", “Hot” is not always better. Always begin with a smaller amount of hot sauce, you can always go back and add more later.


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar (Texans may reduce to taste)
  • 1 cup catsup
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 – 8 dashes of your favorite bottled hot sauce

Directions: In a saucepan combine the vinegar, water, onion, catsup, sugar, celery seed, salt, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce of your choice. Once boiling, reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for approximately 10 – 15 minutes until it reaches your desired consistency. You can brush this on any of your meats or chicken. This should make up to 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 cups of your special sauce.

To vary this and make it hotter you can always add 1teaspoon chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper.

Or if you like more of a mustard base sauce: merely eliminate the salt, sugar and celery seed. Instead of catsup, use 3/4 of a bottled chili sauce. Add 1 tablespoon of your favorite mustard and 1 clove of minced garlic. Then to make your barbecue sauce a hit add 1/2 cup of your favorite beer, while drinking the other half and 1/4 of local honey. Cook the onion and garlic until they are soft and tender then add the remaining ingredients and cook over a low fire boiling, at which time you will want to turn down the fire to a low setting and let simmer.

Experiment with your own sauce. Try mixing diced onions, vinegar, garlic, herbs (for example thyme or basil), salt and brown sugar. Maybe even dice up your favorite peppers for a little heat. Or you can add a small portion of your favorite beer or bourbon. I even have a friend that has a recipe using ½ cup of strong coffee. Explore your taste horizons!

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