Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Janice's BBQ Sauce with Lemon

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.


  1. If you are concerned about the catsup and HFCS then you can use tomato paste or puree.

  2. great suggestion! Another is to use the new Heinz that does not contain HFCS. It's more expensive naturally - every time they remove things from a product we have to pay more. :(

  3. I'm headed to the kitchen now! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. oh do put it on chicken and if you can grill out! <3