Mike Mills' Apple City Barbecue Sauce

Mike Mills' Apple City Barbecue Sauce

About This Recipe

Yield:3 cups
This recipe appears in: Serious Heat: What's Your Secret Ingredient for Barbecue Sauce?


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup apple juice or cider
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon paprika.
  • 1/3 cup bacon bits (cooked applewood-smoked bacon ground in a spice grinder)
  • 1/2 cup grated onion


  1. 1

    In a large saucepan, combine all the ingredients except the grated onion, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

  2. 2

    Stir in the onion. Reduced the heat, and simmer uncovered 10 to 15 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring often.

  3. 3

    Allow to cool, and use immediately or pour into sterilized glass containers.

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