Lemon Barbecue Sauce Recipe

I had the kitchen to myself today, so I did some experimenting. This lemon barbecue sauce recipe was the result of my boredom.

I hadn't planned on making a barbecue sauce today, but one thing led to another, and it just happened. I got a great deal on some lemons, so I juiced two of them. I removed the white pith from the peels and minced them into zest (I hate to waste anything...). As I sipped a glass of lemony water, inspiration struck.

And here's the recipe.

Tangy Lemon Barbecue Sauce Recipe


The skins of two lemons, pith removed, minced finely
Two teaspoons vegetable oil
One teaspoon minced garlic
Two tablespoons minced white onion
One-quarter cup cider vinegar
One tablespoon lemon juice
One-quarter cup brown sugar
Two tablespoons molasses
Two 6 ounce cans tomato sauce
One teaspoon chili powder
Two teaspoons paprika
One teaspoon black pepper
One-quarter teaspoon celery seed
One-quarter teaspoon powdered ginger
One-quarter teaspoon ground nutmeg
One-quarter teaspoon powdered mustard
One-quarter teaspoon cayenne pepper
One-quarter teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Add the oil, lemon peel, garlic and onion to a saucepan and cook gently over low heat until softened, about 20 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until blended. Simmer over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, until the sauce has thickened. Cool and serve.

I've found this sauce to be great on smoked chicken. But it's also good on about anything else you'd put bbq sauce on...ribs, brisket, burgers, fries???

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