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Why buy barbecue sauce when you can design your own?

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    Classic barbecue sauce from the cookbook “Just Add Sauce.” CARL TREMBLAY/AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN VIA AP

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    This image provided by America’s Test Kitchen in May 2018 shows the cover for the cookbook “Just Add Sauce.” It includes a recipe for classic barbecue sauce. (America’s Test Kitchen via AP)

Published August 22. 2018 12:18PM

Barbecue sauce is one of the most versatile sauces out there — it can be served as a dipping sauce or a topping, brushed onto protein and vegetables during cooking, or stirred into beans and shredded meat after cooking.

And while you can find plenty of bottled barbecue sauces, making your own is simple and provides a range of flavor and texture possibilities that taste worlds better than store-bought.

Even with their basic ingredient lists, all of these sauces will give any food a boost of bold, tangy flavor.

Classic Barbecue Sauce

Servings: 4-6 (Makes 2 cups)

Start to finish: 30 minutes

This sauce can be used on just about anything. For a thinner, smoother texture, strain the sauce after it has finished cooking.

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 onion, chopped fine

Salt and pepper

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon chili powder

1¼ cups ketchup

6 tablespoons molasses

3 tablespoons cider vinegar

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and pinch salt and cook until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and chili powder and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Whisk in ketchup, molasses, vinegar, Worcestershire, and mustard. Bring sauce to simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced to about 2 cups, about 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. (Sauce can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.)

Nutrition information per serving: 154 calories; 21 calories from fat; 2 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 905 mg sodium; 35 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 28 g sugar; 1 g protein.

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