1 1/2 cups ketchup, preferably organic
2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup pineapple juice (or you can sub apple cider vinegar)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons ground mustard
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon granulated onion
1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (ONLY if you want heat)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoons liquid smoke
2 tbs apple cider vinegar
1/8 cold water mixed with 1 tablespoon corn starch (optional) ONLY if you need to thicken up your sauce!
Combine all the ingredients except the water and corn starch mixture in a medium size sauce pot. Bring to a boil and reduce and simmer for five minutes or until all the sugar has dissolved. If you like a thicker BBQ Sauce add the water and corn starch mixture. TASTE!!!! Adjust spices where needed. Simmer until desired thickness is reached, but watch closely. It thickens really fast! Serve immediately or cover and store in fridge.
I stored mine in a large Mason jar. The boys LOVED it!!!!
This sauce can be canned… 1/4″ headspace. Process the jars in a boiling-water bath for 35 minutes for pints and 40 minutes for quarts. If you are using a pressure canner, process the sauce for 20 minutes for pint jars and 25 minutes for quarts, at a pressure of 10 or adjust poundage for the area you live in.