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Lemon Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce

This sweet sauce gets a little tang from the lemon juice. If you’re cooking the ribs on a gas grill and want to compensate, the Liquid Smoke will help, but the sauce is fine without it.

It can be refrigerated for several weeks.


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Lemon Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce

Recipe Notes

  • Yield: 3 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • ½ cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, or more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons smoky seasoning, such as Liquid Smoke (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard, such as Colman's
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Recipe Steps

1:
Combine the ingredients (including the Liquid Smoke, if desired) in a medium nonreactive saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until a thick sauce forms. Taste, and add lemon juice as necessary. Transfer the sauce to a bowl or clean jar and let it cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

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