Nashville Sweet Barbecue Sauce

Yield: 3 cups

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 3 to 4 lemons)
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1. Combine the ketchup, brown sugar, lemon juice and zest, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, mustard, onion powder, and pepper in a nonreactive saucepan and whisk to mix. Let the sauce gradually come to a simmer over medium heat and simmer until thick and flavorful, 8 to 10 minutes.

2. If not serving the sauce immediately, let cool to room temperature. Transfer to clean glass jars and refrigerate until serving; the sauce will keep for several weeks. Bring to room temperature before using.

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