Tomato Based Bbq Sauce

No doubt you’ll find your own uses for this all-purpose tomato based BBQ sauce. If extra-hot is your preference, you can dial up the heat by adding extra chipotle powder or a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce.


  • 2 T olive oil
  • ½ C onion, small dice
  • ½ C water
  • 2 T apple cider vinegar
  • 1 T Worcester sauce
  • ¼ C lemon juice
  • ¼ C brown sugar
  • 1 C chili sauce (tomato based)
  • 1 T Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp smoked chipotle powder (more if you like it hot)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  1. Sauté the diced onion in the olive oil until it begins to brown.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
  3. If a smooth sauce is desired, you can process the BBQ sauce in a blender or food processor for a few seconds once the sauce has had a chance to cool.

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