BBQ Sauce
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I barbequed about 15 lbs. of pork shoulder for a family gathering at our home. Knowing I'd need about a gallon of BBQ sauce and being the cheap guy I am, I searched the web for a sauce recipe.

I knew I wanted a tomato based sauce and not the vinegar based sauce some BBQ restaurants serve.  In my search, I learned that traditional North Carolina style sauce is vinegar based while Western North Carolina (Piedmont) style adds tomato.

I made this Piedmont style sauce and it was wonderful!  I don't think I'll ever buy bottled sauce again except for the convenience factor in certain situations.

Western North Carolina (Piedmont) Style BBQ Sauce

1 C ketchup
1 C water
C apple cider vinegar
1 onion chopped fine
3 cloves crushed garlic or 1 clove elephant garlic from Gilroy, CA
2 Tbs. brown sugar
2 Tbs. molasses
2 Tbs. dry mustard (Coleman's English double fine is good)
1 tsp. cayenne or one fresh cut into ringlets seeds and all.

Combine all ingredients and simmer for twenty minutes over low heat.

Notes:  The recipe as described produces a fairly thin sauce which was great for pouring over the pulled pork.  However, I cut the water by half to make a slightly thicker sauce for serving on the side and that worked well.

Recipe found at

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