Mama can't remember where she got the recipe. Her best recollection is of an old cookbook that was Grandma's. Grandma didn't make this sauce, though, only Mama. She's made it for as long as I can remember. And I've made it for as long as The Fellows can remember. It's a fambly tradition.
Here's what you need:
Garlic to taste
Finely dice the onions and put in a very large non-reactive pot.
I love lots of onions in this sauce. This isn't a place for sweet onions either;
they'll cook to nothing without flavoring anything.
Use yellow or white onions.
I've had this Pampered Chef garlic press for a whiiiiile.
It doesn't have a readily affordable equal.
Add three (yes three) cups firmly packed brown sugar.
I really prefer dark brown sugar in barbecue sauce
but didn't have any on hand and wasn't going
to The Pig to purchase any. Use what you have, right?
Add one half cup vinegar or pickle juice.
I usually have sweet pickle juice on hand just for barbecue sauce.
Not wanting to sacrifice any from a jar of pickles, red wine vinegar
was used instead. Dill pickle juice is good here, too!
Add one half cup of Worcestershire sauce.
I'm not a brand name label consumer for most things. There is,
however, only one Worcestershire sauce used in this house:
Lea & Perrins. Others are too hot, too tart, too weak...
Pay the extra cents for the good stuff when it comes to
Worcestershire sauce. It's worth it.
And most importantly:
Add a big can of catsup.
Is there any food can not shrinking while the price remains fixed?
This isn't a gallon of catsup at all! Brand doesn't matter here.
Stir it all in the big pot.
Place on low heat, stirring often to avoid sticking or scorching.
I don't know why the crock pot wasn't used tonight.
I guess with all the rain from Isaac and the beginnings of cabin fever,
it was good to be busy tending a pot.
Cook for almost two hours on low heat or until onions are fully cooked and sauce is almost standing-spoon thick. It will continue to thicken some upon cooling.
Pour into jars or bowls or even leave it in the pot and let cool on the counter.
It'll be good in the refrigerator for upward of a month, maybe longer. It doesn't last much past that around here; not because it's spoiled, but because of getting used.
This isn't a sauce to have on the meat when it's put on the grill. The tomato base and brown sugar will burn in a heart beat! When the meat is almost fully cooked, start basting with it, turning often to create layers of grilled sweetness right on the meat. It's good for everything: beef, pork, chicken, sausage, hot dogs, hamburgers, catfish. Well, maybe not catfish...
Serve it on the side with brisket. Use it for pulled pork. You won't be disappointed.