Barbecue Sauce

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 -1/2 cups
Author Steve


  • 1 cup Heinz ketchup see note below
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons granulated onion
  • 4 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 4 teaspoons medium-hot chili powder see note below
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper


  • Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature before using.


Because the seasonings in ketchup vary by brand, using any other brand will change the flavor of the final product. (Jeffrey Steingarten describes his own extensive ketchup taste testing in "Playing Ketchup," first published in Vogue in 1992. No, we don't read Vogue--he reprinted it in The Man Who Ate Everything [Vintage, 1998].)
We use Penzey's medium chili powder. If you use a "regular" or mild chili powder, increase to 2 tablespoons.