Basic Barbeque Sauce; All Purpose Rub

2 T. vegetable or canola oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cups bottled chili sauce
1 cup water
¼ cup brown sugar
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
¼ cup red wine or cider vinegar
juice of 1 lemon
1 T. dry mustard
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. chili powder

In a medium saucepan, heat oil. Sauté the onion for 2-3 minutes over medium heat. Add the chili sauce, water, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, lemon juice, dry mustard, paprika and chili powder. Cover; simmer for 20 minutes. Use immediately or store in a glass jar in refrigerator for up to 1 week.


  • 1 T. of each of the following:

    chili powder

    coarse ground black pepper

    paprika (mild)

    kosher salt

    minced fresh garlic

    dried thyme

    dry mustard

    lemon zest

    Combine all ingredients in bowl; add a few tablespoons olive oil to make a “spreading” rub rather than a dry rub.

    Make several batches of the rub, and store in refrigerator for up to a week before using.

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