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Real Texas Barbecue Sauce

Texas barbecue is not cooked with sauce. That comes later. The sweet-and-sour, ketchup-based sauce is served with the meat and poured over it.

Makes 2 cups

1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 medium onion, chopped

1 1/2 cups ketchup

1/4 cup dark mustard

3/4 cup cider vinegar

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon celery seed

Hot sauce to taste

In a medium saucepan, heat the oil and stir in garlic and onion. Cook until wilted.

In a separate bowl, combine the ketchup, mustard, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well. Add to the garlic-and-onion mixture and cook over low heat for 15 minutes.

Add cumin and celery seed. Taste for seasoning and simmer for 25 minutes.

Add hot sauce to taste. Simmer 10 more minutes.

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