Carolina Mountain Barbecue Sauce

Adapted from "The Great Book of Ribs", by Teri Sandison.


1 medium yellow onion
2 tsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 C brown sugar
2 C ketchup
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup thin soy sauce
2 Tbsp Maggi sauce (if not available use soy sauce)
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp dry mustard
1 Tbsp finely minced ginger


For barbecue sauce slice onion into 1/4 inch slices. Place the slices in stovetop smoker and smoke them over hickory sawdust for 10 minutes or grill or broil them until onion is dark and golden. Transfer onion to a saucepan ad remaining barbecue sauce ingredients. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Pour sauce over medium meshed strainer, scraping the sieve with a metal spoon to force all the pulp through the sieve. Makes up to 3 cups. Refrigerate the sauce.