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Aunt Julia’s Barbecue Sauce
© John Kernick

Aunt Julia’s Barbecue Sauce

  • TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 1 quart
  • MAKE-AHEAD

Linton Hopkins’s aunt Julia—“my paternal grandmother’s sister-in-law,” he says—made giant vats of this barbecue sauce on her farm in Alabama, then drove around delivering it to everyone in her extended family. Hopkins likes to spoon it over coffee-cured pork shoulder. “To have a meal in the South without roast pork is not really a meal,” he says.

  1. 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons ketchup
  2. 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  3. 1/2 cup water
  4. 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  5. 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  6. 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onion
  7. 1/4 cup tomato juice
  8. 1/4 cup Heinz chile sauce
  9. 1/4 cup Tabasco
  10. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  11. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  12. 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  13. 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
  14. 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  15. 1 tablespoon dried mustard powder
  16. 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Let cool, then transfer to a jar.