Barbecue Sauce

This is one of our favorite DIY barbecue sauces. We love it on chicken, but it works on other meats, too.




2¼ cups




  • ¼ cup (½ stick) Challenge Unsalted Butter
  • ¾ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic (1-2 cloves)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes (about 1¾ cups)
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • 1½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  • 1

    Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until tender.

  • 2

    Add garlic, chili powder, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper and sauté for an additional minute.

  • 3

    Stir in tomatoes, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, salt and black pepper. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes, stirring often.

  • 4

    Process with blender or food processor until smooth. Let cool to room temperature and store covered for up to 2 weeks.

  • 5

    Serve with chicken, fish or meat.

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