To make a quick barbecue sauce, whisk together 3/4 cup ketchup, 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar, 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce and 2 teaspoons paprika. Kick this recipe up a notch by adding 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper.
Another quick recipe to make barbecue sauce requires combining 1 cup ketchup, 1/4 cup cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons molasses, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon water, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper in a small saucepan. Cook over a low heat for up to 5 minutes.
A more complex recipe for barbecue sauce involves combining 1 ½ cups ketchup, ½ cup packed dark brown sugar, 3 finely chopped garlic cloves, 3 tablespoons cider vinegar, ½ cup water and 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika, 3/4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon celery salt. Stir the mixture to incorporate all of the ingredients. Bring to a boil, and then allow the sauce to simmer on low heat for 30 to 40 minutes.
Homemade barbecue sauce can be stored covered and refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. Use any of these homemade barbecue sauces to baste meat, chicken or seafood during the last 10 minutes of grilling for a sensational summertime main dish.