Lois’s BBQ Sauce


This recipe is definitely a family original. It’s incredibly simple to make: there is no complicated preparation, simply mix the ingredients and cook until delicious. I chose to make the sauce in my slow cooker rather than in a saucepan, and to incorporate a good-sized chunk of beef at the same time. The resulting pulled beef was excellent: spicy, sweet, and just a bit smoky. I recommend this as an all-purpose barbecue sauce which should match well with nearly any meat. Next time, I’m serving it with smoked Polish sausage. Yum…. :)


  • 2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1/2 medium onion, grated
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon paprika



Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan or slow cooker.

Cook the sauce over low heat for several hours until thick and delicious.


Makes 16 ounces barbecue sauce.

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