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Here in the great American Southwest, we love our sauces and in particular, freshly made barbecue sauces. As a matter-of-fact, in the new cookbook Style and Spice, we have an entire section featuring some of our favorite Southwest sauces. There are times, however, when you decide you want to barbecue or grill something and when you go get the barbecue sauce… you find you don’t have any. Once you get over your tantrum, you can make this Simple Southwest BBQ Saucewith ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
This Simple Southwest BBQ Sauce you can make to fit your own tastes. If you want it hot, add some cayenne pepper or freshly minced hot peppers. If you want to add some booze, cut the amount of apple cider vinegar in half and add some bourbon, whisky, tequila or rum. The one thing you do want to do is to cook the sauce for about five minutes. This will blend all the ingredients and melt the brown sugar to give you that famous Southwest flavor.
SIMPLE SOUTHWEST BBQ SAUCE (makes about 11/2 cups)
Ingredients needed to make Simple Southwest BBQ Sauce:
2/3 cups ketchup
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp. chili powder
½ cup apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. ground black pepper
½ tsp. ground cumin
1) In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk all the ingredients.
2) Bring the sauce to a boil, while whisking, and cook 5 minutes.
3) Remove the sauce from the heat and let cool before using.