Basic Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (I used pomegranate balsamic.)
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cayenne

Instructions
1. Heat oil in saucepan.  Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add remaining ingredients and reduce heat to low.  Simmer 15 minutes or until thickened. 

Note: Be sure to have all ingredients prepared before adding garlic to pan, it cooks very quickly! 

BBQ Sauce

Comments
This recipe is from about.com.  Due to my fructose issues, I’ve been thinking for some time that I should start working on making my own barbecue sauce and this recipe seemed like a great starting point for that.  It’s very straightforward and simple.  I wasn’t expecting a lot from it and figured it would take a lot of tweaking to get it where I wanted some day.  Much to my surprise, the bbq-sauce expert in the household (Art), loved it.  The rest of us liked it too!  I’m pretty excited that this turned out so well!

This recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups of sauce.

Edit: Feel free to vary the spices based on what you like here.  I used 3 tablespoons of Penzey's BBQ 3000 to replace the chili powder and paprika the second time I made this and it was grand. 

Shown here used in Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken.

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