This is my go-to BBQ sauce for chicken, pork, and ribs. Adjust the cayenne (or Tabasco) sauce to your heat preferences.
The nutrition facts are at Calorie Count!
BBQ Sauce with Lemon
2 T butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 sweet red pepper, finely chopped
1/2 C celery, finely chopped
2 T vinegar
4 T lemon juice, juice some fresh lemons instead of using it from a jar!
2 T brown sugar
1/2 t cayenne pepper - or Tabasco sauce
3 T Worcestershire sauce
1 C ketchup, read the labels - you can get no HFCS ketchup!
1/2 T ground mustard
1 T celery seed
2 T olive oil
up to 1/2 C water
Combine butter, onion, pepper, and celery in a saucepan and simmer for a few minutes. Add everything but the water and simmer on low stirring every now and then for about 12-15 minutes. If the sauce looks too thick, thin it a bit with water - this sauce works wonderfully as a "glaze".
Taste and adjust seasonings to your preference.
I do not cook with salt, you may want to add a little at the end, but try it this way first and be judicious with the salt.