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Simple Homemade BBQ Sauce

For a long time, I've made my own barbecue sauce using ingredients already on the pantry shelf. Some say that it is better than anything store bought, but myself, I won't go that far. I will say it's cheaper than store bought, is pretty tasty and simple and quick to make.

What You'll Need

2 cans Tomato Paste
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
2 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. or more red pepper flakes

In a small saucepan, mix together all of the ingredients until smooth. Heat the mixture over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to help melt the sugar into the sauce. 

Taste the mixture with a spoon to decide what you might need more of. You can add more of any of the ingredients except for the tomato paste to get the exact flavor you want.

Thin the sauce, if desired, with water to the consistency that works best for you and your recipe.

This works well for foods such as chicken and pork cooked in a slow cooker. Always works great brushed on foods on the grill. 

Always store unused BBQ sauce in the fridge. It will keep for about a week in a closed container.