I know that ketchup is one of the main ingredients in barbeque sauce. So, it shouldn't have surprised me when I looked at the ingredients to my favorite barbeque sauce and saw that the first ingredient on the list was high fructose corn syrup. I was prepared for it to be high on the list, but first absolutely floored me.
A while ago, I started buying organic ketchups because we decided we like the taste of ketchup made with sugar better than ketchup made with high fructose corn syrup. Unfortunately, I went a little crazy at the store and made our fridge look like we were on a ketchup bender - we ended up with about 3 bottles of the stuff in the fridge. So, I decided to make barbeque sauce. I was a little hesitant at first, after one terribly failed attempt, but I gave it another try and I am so glad I did. This sauce had nice heat to it, and we have now tried it with both chicken and pork and it's fantastic with both. I'm glad I made a double batch.
Spicy Barbeque Sauce
Recipe from Epicurious, adapted
2 TBSP oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup finely chopped celery (I think I used 2 ribs, total in my double batch)
1 TBSP minced garlic
1 TBSP paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
3/4 cup ketchup (try to use organic)
1/2 cup beer
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
Heat oil over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Add onion and celery and cook until tender, probably about 5 minutes. Add garlic and spices and stir. Cook for about a minute. Add the ketchup, beer, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce.
Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.