Homemade BBQ Sauce

bbq sauce

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Homemade BBQ Sauce

Makes about 2 cups


1 cup homemade ketchup (or a clean store-bought variety like Annie’s Naturals brand)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup sugar or brown sugar
1/2 cup finely chopped onion or 2 TBSP dried onion flakes
1-2 TBSP hot sauce (optional) – look for a brand that contains only “peppers, vinegar, & salt”


Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer uncovered for about 45 minutes, until thickened. If you enjoy this recipe, be sure to check out our RECIPES PAGE, too, for more natural deliciousness!


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Even CHEAPER Ketchup Deal!!

Hey Omaha! I just happened upon an even cheaper deal on Annie’s ketchup. First of all, I don’t have a Super Target near my home, so I had no idea that they even carry this brand! Yay! Looks like regular price is just $3.29 per bottle (compared to $3.99 at Whole Foods), but right now through June 4th, Target is selling it for $2.89 each!!! Wow!!

Note: This is the only brand of ketchup that I buy because it’s the only brand I’ve found in Omaha that doesn’t have either of the following in the ingredients list:
1. High fructose corn syrup
2. Vague words like “natural flavor” or “spices” (Annie’s brand actually lists each and every spice in their ingredients list, so I can feel more confident that there’s no hidden MSG in there!)

Deal of the day: Save $1.00 per bottle on Annie’s Organic Ketchup

I’ve never met a person who didn’t fall in love with this ketchup after tasting it for the first time! It’s a great brand with no high fructose corn syrup or vague words like “spices” or “natural flavor” in the ingredients list. (Click photo to enlarge and view ingredients list.) The price for this item is usually $3.99/bottle at Whole Foods, but right now in Omaha it’s on sale for 2/$6.00. That’s $1.00 savings per bottle, so STOCK UP 🙂